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post #1 of 19 Old 06-20-2013, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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When do you figure that its time to move on?

Basically as the title states. When do you figure it's time to sell/get rid of your current horse because they can't or won't be able to go in the direction that you ultimately want to go with your riding?

I know alot of you have been keeping up with my horses recent discovery of navicular saga. Not only is it pretty bad according to the farrier. (The vet told the farrier that.) he's still alittle off even with new shoes to help the pain. On top o that he has rotation (1-2 degrees) in his left front which is the leg where the navicular is worse.

I know navicular isn't a death sentence but I want to show. That was my plan for this year but it isn't going to happen anytime soon. I also like to jump and do barrels for fun but thats crossed off the list. We still have so much work to do before before we step foot into a show ring. He's never shown and probably won't take too kindly to it at first as he gets worked up in new places with a lot commotion.

He's my dream horse besides his little quirks we are working on. This horse has been through so much in his life I feel horrible even thinking about finding him a new home but with the things he's limited to due to the navicular and the goals I ultimately have with my riding and tel different things.

I paid $2500 for him and stupidly didn't have a vet check. My fault, I know. He didn't have any lameness when I bought him either and I just spent over $1000 in vet bills this past week to get to the bottom of his front End lameness.

I don't know what to do. He's still alittle off in the front. I'm paying over $300 for meds that I can barely afford along with boarding and feed costs. He's also now lame in his hind end. I'm suspecting the farrier clipped him a bit too short. It just never ends and I always feel like when it comes to horses I go through a hell ride.

If I were to give him away (if I could even do that considering his health issues) I can't afford to buy another horse. It just totally sucks cause horses are my life and a huge part of my day. If I didn't have one I wouldn't know what to do. It's so very hard to even think about giving him up. Ugh.

Thanks for listening to my rant guys...
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post #2 of 19 Old 06-20-2013, 08:57 PM
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That's a really tough position, I don't envy your decision at all! A girl where I board had a similar situation earlier this year with a pretty little Appy. She knew selling was pretty much out of the question, and she didn't want to misrepresent the horse to anyone just to make the sale. Her solution was to give him to a local horse sanctuary. He is very lightly ridden by small children on a lead line a few times a month. His job is to be a good ambassador for the visitors that come to see and pet their many animals.
While she was out the purchase price, farrier and vet bills she was also free financially to save up for her next horse.
Good luck, this is a tough one!
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He's a very tough horse to understand is the only issue. While he most certainly would be a great kids or elders horse. He was very mistreated at one point in time. He's scared in a barn especially at first if he's never been in there before. Sometimes he can be alittle spooky (nothing bad its more or less being a brat) on the ground. Once your on his back though he's a total dead quiet horse. You have to earn his trust. Where I bought him from worked the hell outta him so he was hardto catch when I got him. Now I can walk up to him 99% of the time and he will stand there. If he's having that day where he doesn't wana e caught he just walks away and I can always catch up to him and just grab him.

Sigh.. Gotta love horses.
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post #4 of 19 Old 06-20-2013, 09:20 PM
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That's basically the exact same situation I'm in. I just found out this week that my mare is navicular. Luckily, hers doesn't seem too bad. What I plan to do is keep her for flat work and basically just having fun with her while continuing to jump on a friend's horse. The situation is ideal really (considering the terrible circumstances) because I will be able to keep my mare who I love dearly while also continuing to jump. If you have a friend with a horse able to compete at your level maybe something like this would be possible for you too? Navicular is a pain to deal with and so heartbreaking. I truly hope you are able to find something that will make you and your horse happy.
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I could ride my friends horse (which is actually my old horse) but he is really green and not ready to show. My gelding has big holes in both of has naviculars. The vet didn't explain to me that it was bad but she told my farrier it was pretty bad. I have a feeling (while this is ONLY a feeling) that he probably won't be rideable much longer. It keeps dwindling on my shoulder. I feel like if I keep him it will constantly be on my shoulders that he may not be sound too much longer but if I find him a better home I will regret it because I love him dearly. And it's not getting any easier. For the last month, anything that could go wrong with him, has.

He currently has reverse shoes on in an effort to try and save some money but if those don't end up working (which they are a tad but not 100%) I will either have to try the more expensive shoeing option or inject his coffins which I'm not too keen on doing because he already founder once. It could make him refounder. Not to mention the experience meds he has to be on for the rest of his life.
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I kind of hate to say this, but maybe love and spoil him for a while and if he doesn't show improvement have him put down? That way he has a chance of improvement, but if he doesn't, well, at least he won't end up in a bad place. That would be my biggest fear for an unsound horse, or any horse really, to be neglected or end up in a slaughter house. ANY horse can end up in a bad situation, but a chronically lame horse has less chance of finding a good home.

You could also try to find that ideal home for him though....it might exist. I would expect to give him away (to the right people) just because they are taking on a horse with chronic issues and he will be high maintenance to keep sound.

So I don't know. It's a really tough choice. I don't envy you one bit. I have had older/unsound horses before and luckily they became that way one at a time and I was able to afford to keep a second horse for riding while keeping the other horse in light riding/retirement. I really hate to see people dispose of their older or unsound horses. It's such a sad, sad thing. That's why I feel like if it comes to that point, euthanasia might be better then sending them on down the line to gosh-knows-where.

It's a tough, tough call.
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I know it's a hard decision but it might be easier to not consider the money spent or even your on personal goals for a few weeks an just ask yourself what's best for him. Understand, I ain't trying to put you down here but I know I've made poor decisions for my own horses based on my own goals. I know that's not the way to make a smart financial decision but it seems like your truly concerned for him. I'm terribly sorry for your situation. I pray for ya! Good luck!
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Personaly I would never give an ill horse away. The only way is down fromyou and you will feel awful if he ends up on a meat wagon bound for mexico.

It is you responsibility to ensure this horses welfare and IMO that means deciding when the end has come.

Better to have the horse PTS, out of pain, no chance of suffering than have him passed from pillar to post.
If you cannot afford the meds then have him PTS now before you get yourself into a hole financialy.
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Just my opinion, I would either sell him or give him away as a companion horse/paddock ornament. Of course you run the risk of not knowing what will happen to him, but if you plan it carefully you can work it out. Create a contract where he goes back to YOU in any situation if it doesn't work out.
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post #10 of 19 Old 06-21-2013, 04:56 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys. I think this would be a lot easier if he were older but he is only 13. It just totally sucks and I already feel like I would be "throwing him away" which isn't the case at all. I ideally would love to find him a home for a child but I know that is very few and fat between.

I guess I have a lot of thinking to do today 😕
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