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hawaii

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hawaii says:

retire or not ..views please

 Hi all, i was hoping you  might give me your views or share your experiences, I am at my wits end trying to decide if i should retire my beloved horse, at the grand age of 10 !! i have owned him 3 years he is a 17.1 irish hunter , a few weeks after owning him he was diagnosed with navicular syndrome , he responded well to tretment, but left him with an upright club foot, over time he developed ring bone in both fronts,(non articular) and to top it all off last year we found out he has a  chronic sacroilliac problem. He has had all the treatments available to him at phenomenal costs. He had all last winter off and came back into work end march, he has 1 bute a day as the vet and i thought it was in his best interest to keep him going. The first 12 weeks all went well, but he has been more lame on and off since. He struggles with hills both up and down, im talking of normal inclines out hacking on the roads. He was never going to ride sound and correct, but i am struggling with wether it is ethical to continue. He loves to be out and about and loves a job to do, i swear he would run on 2 legs !! It breaks my heart to see him some days, as he was an incredible athlete,feisty and noble. I bought him to hunt but due to all the problems we have been unable to do much, he is still up to weight and bright in him self, although much quieter. many people have said to have him PTS but i cant do that at the moment when he looks well. He is not happy in the field either, he was miserable last winter when he had 6 months off. So you see i just dont know what to do, im heart broken. Any advice would be very much appreciated, my many thanks x

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wagonsroll

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wagonsroll says:

Re: retire or not ..views please

Oh goodness poor you and poor horse, i always think if the horse was given the casting vote on any decision like this he'd op for survival at all costs (including your pocket lol) and that makes the desicion clearer, i also think that if your horse is so miserable and in so much pain then like any human he will say enough is enough and then pts is the final gift you give them. If you're in doubt then i'd def say you know he's got years of happy retirement in front of him and he deserves that for just carrying you safely for one day!

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jbstar159

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jbstar159 says:

Re: retire or not ..views please

Hi

I think that you should follow your vets advice - and your own gut instinct. If you feel that he can cope with a bit of light work every now and then and doesnt appear to be in discomfort, then surely some form of exercise is good for him? Or maybe think about doing other things to keep him interested, like clicker training and ground work - that way he is using his brain (you said he loves having a job to do), and getting a little exercise to keep his joints moving. As you said, he will never come sound, but i think that 'you will know when you know' when it comes to the hard decision of having him PTS.

Let a horse whisper in your ear and breathe on your heart. You will never regret it. I have seen things so beautiful they have brought tears to my eyes. Yet none of them can match the gracefulness and beauty of a horse running free.

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janice160

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janice160 says:

Re: retire or not ..views please

 I'm in exactly the same position with my horse. It's a while since your original post.  What did you decide and how is your horse now.  Someone told me about a horse that was given the worst possible outcome by her vet and she took off his shoes to retire him, he was quite lame for a while but once his new hoof started to come through she saw marked improvement and he is now 22 and on loan to someone on her yard and been off bute for two years!  Does anyone else have a similar story or any advice?

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SarahR123

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SarahR123 says:

Re: retire or not ..views please

Agree with the comments above - it must be so hard to know what to do for the best. My WB is officially 13 and has been retired for over a year. She has KS & a spavin. She is taken out for a walk in-hand occasionally and loves it - she grows about 2 hands! We also lunge her at her own pace when she gives us the impression it's what she wants (she heads off to school rather than yard!) I think she'd prefer to be in work but with all the different issues including behavioural ones it's just not sensible. Many people have aksed why she hasn't been PTS as we can't use her but I think she is having quality of life at the moment and my vet & I will know when that's no longer the case. Good luck with whatever you decide!
 

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