Re: what should i do with my mare?
I completely agree with what SarahR123 said, being a farmer's daughter that's pretty much the way of life back home. Not that we put down our working animals when they are no longer useful, we do retire them, but we definitely would never prolong their working days with drugs! I have a 14.2hh mare who is my old pony, and she loved jumping and was very good at it, but never seemed to mind retiring either. She now lives out 24/7 and still gets the odd groom, and is very happy being a natural horse out in the fields. The more natural you can keep them, the happier they are. All horses need really is water, food, shelter, space, and company 24/7 to be happy. I don't think that any horse needs to be kept as active as they once were to be happy. But if you can't keep their quality of life above a certain standard, I would much rather put an animal down than have it suffer.
Sorry if this sounds harsh, I was speaking about horses (and animals) in general, not targeting anyone! I'm sure you know your horse better than anyone and will do what you think is right for her.