Is this the right thing to do?
As most of you know, my gelding Palmer's a Standardbred ex sulky racer. Due to his old racing injury he can only handle light riding. My vet thinks this is do to arthritis, but we'd need x-rays to know for sure. I recently got another horse and having the two is really straining my wallet, however I love Palmer and won't even think of selling him or putting him down.
I volunteer at a youth ranch right down the road from where I board. They help troubled and disabled kids and are really great people. They're a 501c non-profit. They had a horrible year last year, and 2 of their horses died from old age, one was 32, and the other was 36. Unfortunatly they were the only horses they have that were sound enough and safe enough for the kids to ride/be led around on.
Well I rode Palmer over there the other day and everyone was completely in love with him. The owner's daughter (who co-owns the rescue, the owner's in her 70s now) mentioned as I was giving her 2 year old daughter a ride around with me that they needed a horse exactly like Palmer for the kids. It caught my attention and we got to talking.
We've been talking and they would like to lease out Palmer for the summer, maybe longer if it works out. They are willing to get his x-rays done, and I could come ride every day if I want. It would be a free lease, and they would pay all the vet/ferrier costs. They spoil the horses, the owner even owns a herbal health store that specialises in equine supplements, and he would be on an even better diet then what I feed him.
Do you think this would be a great place for him and the right decision?