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I don't want to give up on my poor boy, but I don't know if I can do this anymore. There is to much heartbreak in this. In the almost 6 months I have had Bear I have had about 18 rides (roughly) and he has been lame 4 months out of the entire 5 2/3 months. I cry almost every day wishing how I could be riding him and both of us were happy. Most of all I wish he was happy and in no pain. I'm kicking myself in the *** for not getting a vet check on him, as I know they would have said, "run away, and run fast!" I mean, I love this guy to death, I really do, but this is just to much for my fragile heart, mind and soul. Both of my horses out in the field right now can't be ridden, can't move confortably, and are so sad. It breaks my heart to know they are in pain.

We are having the chiro work on him, but the trainer thinks that he needs xrays and such. My mom doesnt have the money for all of that! Xrays, injections, all that are so expensive, and my mom just cant afford all of that (though we can afford caring for the horses and such). I want ZERO lecturing about how 'if I can't afford all of that, then I shouldn't have a horse.'

I am going to talk to my mom tonight and see what she says. I might see if there is a therapeutic riding center around here (my mom actually knows a few people I think) and see if they have any openings for new horses.

I am looking at leases right now.

I am just so heartbroken and just dont want to see him in pain anymore. He is only 14 years old for gods sake.

Please, no rude comments. Im already upset enough (been crying since 5:30 pm).
 

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You're in my prayers.
 

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Thank you charlicata.

I am going to look into this ranch that takes in horses that need retiring. It seems like a really great place, and I know a lot of people who only have GREAT things to say about them.
 

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Do what you think will be best for you and your horses. Maybe the chiropractor will be able to help.
 

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I am very sorry for what you are going through, Vet Checks are very, very important.

I do suggest you get xrays done at least, just to find out what exactly is going on - because if it is something you can afford to fix, then you know.

I wish you both all the best.
 

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The chiro has already come out once. His back legs are just so messed up, and I think they have been that way for a VERY long time, and im worried that we wont be able to do anything for it. I dont think he will ever be able to jump pain-free again. *sigh*
 

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Thank you MIE. Im never going to buy another horse without a PPE.
 

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He is a very large horse. Roughly 17-17.2hh and big bodied (though I am still having trouble putting weight on him).
 

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I know how you feel. My thoroughbred in the three years I had her, managed to puncture first her hind leg, got really infected, then punctured at different times both her front legs, pulled the tendon around her knee, then punctured her hip, and the big whopper, tore her superficial flexor tendon which put her out of commission for 6 months with no guarantee she'd ever be sound again. She pulled through fine, though she had lots of restrictions riding wise for the rest of her life, but it was a rough three years never know how long I'd be able to ride her before she did something to herself. Fortunately they were all 'self inflicted', but I hated not having a horse. I finally sold her to a nice lady, who had a blast with her. Keep your head up, and keep looking at all the options, and in the meantime, just keep giving him love, and making sure he's as comfortable as you can make him. Hugs.
 

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He is having a lot of trouble with his back left. He doesnt really have any mobility of it, though he can walk. He is also dragging it and it is also rotating funny when he walks. He probably has stifle problems and probably has sanctum problems. He is VERY stiff. He probably has hock problems (as in arthritis). ):

I talked to my mom, she said after Rhedd leaves that I can start to look at leases until Bear is better. "/
 

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Thanks dressagebelle! I am going to do my best to no just "give up" like I want to. It will help if I have a horse that I can ride and such while he is out. Who knows, maybe I will just keep him and lease a horse for a while, even if he is better, just incase he goes lame again. "/
 

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You should do what you feel is best for your horse — I hope something works out.

When I got my horse, I went all-out and got the complete PPE package with X-rays and whatnot, but I guess some of us have to learn the hard way :(
 
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