Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
I know this is an unpopular idea, but imo, even if the 'retirement plan' is euthanasia because an unusable horse has become too expensive to keep, that's ok. Just know going in that you will either; a. Keep the horse until he/she dies peacefully at home in knee deep grass, b. Rehome the horse (probably for free) to someone who wants to get on and walk around the pasture once a week, or even just look at the 'purdy horsey' or c. Decide to euthanize the horse because he/she is no longer usable and the costs are outweighing the benefits or are outside of your budget. Personally, I'd rather see an older, high maintenance animal humanely euthanized than starved to death, or sold for slaughter.
All that said, at 19, unless the horse has some seriously stellar skills, which you intend to utilize, the price seems high. Even if the horse is seriously competitive in whatever it is trained for, if you're not using the horse for that, the price is too high for you.