My current horse injured his suspensory so he will be out of work for quite a while. And because of his poor leg conformation, it is likely it will be a continuing problem when ridden frequently/hard...
The thing that makes the most sense to me is to move him somewhere and have him pasture boarded and pay less than half of what I'm paying to have him where he is currently, and let him heal there for the next few months and/or buy a more useable horse (though still ride him lightly on occasion) and retire him. Or if he heals well enough I may be able to lease him out to someone who is just looking for a pleasure horse to enjoy a slow ride once or twice a week...I could never imagine selling him.
My heart is just aching though because he is my first horse and I love him to pieces. I have done all of his training myself and we have come so far...basically through hell and back. I had so much planned for us, and with how things are going now, they are likely to never happen. We click so well, I'm scared I will never find another horse to fit that expectation.
What should I do? Continue waiting on him to see if he makes a full recovery (and pay a ton of money to keep him at a nice riding barn that I can't use), or retire him out to the fields? I don't want to give up on him, I'm honestly just afraid permanent damage will be done and I will ruin him for the rest of his life.
And just as a reference for his legs...an old photo from last fall. I will have to take a more recent one. They are far from correct