It's been well over a year since I've had to retire Phantom and I'm still not over it. I don't know if I ever will be.
He was retired because he's got arthritis in both hocks and back fetlocks and is developing ringbone in the back left. I can ride him at a walk or SLOW trot but only bareback as I don't have a saddle that would fit him anymore due to his sway back(Plus I wouldn't want to add the extra weight anyway.) His arthritis is being managed BEAUTIFULLY by pure MSM. BIG difference in him when I put him on it! He started running around acting like a young'un again haha. I highly recommend.
I hate that he's aging and unfortunately I know that's something I can't change. He's happy to be a pasture puff who gets near-daily grooming. I am happy he's happy, I just can't help but feel a bit sad as well. He's my heart horse and everything I do is to make sure he's got the best retirement ever! In other words, he's SPOILED hahaha.
The clips in the vid are from over the last 3 years or so.
I love him, without question.