Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Adelaide, Australia
• Horses: 0
I think AlexS is being a little too harsh and judegmental. I think the OP genuinely wants to see the horse get the most out of the rest of his years and doesn't believe he will get that being a pasture puff.
The OP has stated she can't ride him for health issues, and I don't think should be forced into pain just so he can be ridden once or twice a month. Sure, the horse has given her alot in the past 10 years, but isn't ready for retirement just yet, and doesn't want the horse to sit in the paddock. I think this is fair - its not like he CANT be ridden its just that the OP can't ride him.
I honestly think a free lease or a half lease of some description is the best way to ensure he doesn't end up at an auction, but is still getting ridden and you can ensure he is still getting the right care.
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