Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Bonners Ferry Id.
You could be starting a retirement home for elderly horses. A mistake I've made myself. I got a 28 year old appaloosa mare for free once. Blind as a bat. I had no idea until she showed up. Kept running into the other horses and fences. She learned her way around the place and did ok. She was great with the kids and they were her eyes. She was around a couple of years. Made it through Idaho winters fat and healthy. One spring day I was driving out and she was running across the field with the other horses and I thought "the old girl is doing great". I got home that night and there she was, up side down, feet straight in the air. She'd had a heart attack. Let me tell you, getting rid of a dead horse isn't easy! The load limits were on for spring breakup so I couldn't get a backhoe out. So I had to take the horse to the backhoe. A dead horse won't go in a horse trailer, so I had to put her on the flatbed (that wasn't easy) and drive her through town. The blue tarp didn't cover much, with the feet sticking out all over the place. You should have seen the look on peoples faces...priceless.
I suggest looking for something a lot younger. Even if you have to pay for it, it will be worth it in the long run.