Will he always have continuing health issues?
Hello. I've had my thoroughbred gelding for about 4 1/2 months now. I love him to death! But my parents are seriously trying to get me to sell him. Honestly, I can only ride him a few times before he has another health problem. I try and give him the best care possible...he's in a lovely, extremely safe barn with a paddock all to himself, automatic waterers that record how much he drinks...
He's 13 and an ex racer. He ran for about 6 years before being put out to pasture for 5. I knew he might have some joint issues and need to be on supplements, etc, but he's had a ton of problems since we've gotten him. I would love to keep him, even if I couldn't even ride him, but we really can't afford for all the extra medication + vet visits each month.
Couple weeks after we got him, he colicked for about a week straight. Apparently coastal hay does it to him, so we have him on Alfalfa. An extra $10-$15 a week. After that, a giant gash appeared on his leg. Checked his paddock, everywhere, no idea how he did it. So that made him lame for a little while. (its fine now). Then, he had ulcers. After that he got white line. Now he is lame with thrush + white line and also has some type of fungus on his face. His hooves are always peeling and cracking. We've had chiropractic care done on him, which actually worked wonders relieving him from a sore back and legs. We've had his teeth floated, etc.
Basically, we've put a ton of money into him. I could've bought like 3x the horse with the money we've spent. Do you think I should hold onto him or get a horse with fewer issues. I'm just concerned; who's going to buy a horse with all these problems?