So I'm looking to sell my 13 year old gelding, a 17" Irish Draught gelding. He's sooo lovely and an excellent jumper, but unfortunately has COPD. I've gone through several different meds with him with varying degrees of sucess, however, I think if I found a potential buyer who was willing to dedicate the time to see that his needs are met (ie. Soaking hay, which isn't really an option where I'm keeping him right now) he would do a lot better. He's been shown sporadically over the past few years from two different leasees and myself, but because of budget restraints (I'm just about to go into my last year of university) I've barely been able to show him. I feel like he's just going to waste, but at the same time his COPD makes it very difficult for showing unless the proper precautions are implemented (good ventilation whereever he is, etc). My question is, do you think I could even find anyone willing to take on such a case? I don't even want to sell him but he's just been a huge drain on me both mentally and financially and I think it's finally time I aknowledge that to move forward in my life I just can't have a horse at this time. He's been shown up to 3'3" in the ribbons, I've put a lot of work into him and he's had some professional training. So, for those of you who think I could actually sell him, what do you think he's worth? He's purebred (as far as I know as I don't have his papers) and was imported from Ireland as a three year old. I purchased him in 2007 for $4000, unaware of his breathing issues. If he didn't have COPD I could easily get more than that for him considering the amount of training he's had since then, but I doubt I could get much more than that - if even that - with his breathing issues. Any opinions on the matter would be greatly appreciated!
Both photos are less than 2 months old, one from May and one from earlier this month. It's a leasee riding him in the small photo.