Hi Skye, would you have him on full livery then?
I have a horse and a pony, and due to family and work commitments I keep them both on full livery. I don't get to see them everyday like I want to, on very bad weeks, I might only get to see them for 3 days.
Some comments that I've read before in horse magazines, state 'what is the point of having them?' But I love my horses, and I make sure they get all the love and attention that they need, they are very well looked after. They recognise me and greet me as soon as I call, and they are both very happy. If I could see them everyday, I would. Eventually I hope to have them at home, but for now I know they are well looked after and they know I love them. :)
Not everyone can make the time to go everyday or be able to look after their horses on DIY etc, It doesn't mean we care anyless.
In answer to your question, if you can give the love and the finances needed and be 100% sure that the person who will look after him will do a great job, I don't see it as you being cruel at all.