Okay.. so I now own THREE UNSOUND horses.
I'm going insane, as I can only afford 3 horses max.. but I really want to get into barrel racing and rodeo.
First off.. I've owned Lena for about 4 years now. She's a 17 yr old quarter horse.. trained in reining with some barrel racing background. Super nice girl, love her a lot! But, she started being unsound shortly after buying. Decided to retire her completely a couple years ago due to pretty bad arthiritis in her fetlocks. I have contemplated giving her away as a companion or for teaching small kids to ride.. but there's no guarantee where she would end up, being unsound and all.
Second is Mysti. I bought her at auction over a year ago.. she is a 14 yr old Tennessee walker. When I got her, she was super skittish and extremely nervous of people. I couldn't even touch her for weeks, and when you were able to she'd tense up her whole body waiting for something to happen. I worked with her on the ground ALOT. Took her for walks down the road everyday.. desensitized her etc. She overcame her fear of strange people, and is a really sweet soul. She has never came around to me completely though. She will still be wary when I approach her, and be ready to run off at the slightest off movement. I have never been rough with her EVER, she has no reason to be nervous of me. I rode her last year, but something caused her to be unsound in her hindquarters this spring. Had the vet out for lameness exams/xrays with no results. Now I am looking into chiro/massage therapy for her. I think she would have the least chance of finding a home.. due to not really liking people, and being unsound. Plus if I did find a home.. again I can't really trust she won't end up at auction again.
Thirdly.. is Pie. I bought her 2 weeks ago at a cattle auction. She's a 17 yr old quarab mare. Originally, my thoughts were to save her then resell as a kids horse. (found out from previous owners that she is well broke) But, she is quite lame in her hind end. I really can't afford spending possibly thousands of dollars finding out what's wrong. I was also considering that she may be a barrel racing prospect for me once she is sound. But that's a big if. She's insanely sweet and kind.. amazing personality. I already like her more than my other two. But again.. how would I find her a good home if I did decide to. Her chances of finding a good home would be better if she was sound.
What would you do if you were in my shoes? I really care about all of them, and would want them to be guaranteed good homes for life. I was considering free leasing one.. Possibly my first mare, as she is good for kids.
Mysti.. if she was sound.. Could never do well at barrel racing. Pie is tiny (14hh) so I don't know how she'd do either. I can't afford to own THREE lame horses. I work all the time to pay for horses that I can't do anything with.. which really sucks.
Any insight is greatly appreciated. I'm really stuck.