I know there have been many threads of this nature lately and I have posted on them but I am having the hardest time with this decision. Rationally, I know it’s not too soon. My boy is 30 this year. He has cushings. He has EOTRH which is getting worse, he’s at the stage where he’s got plaque completely covering his canines and spreading across to all of his incisors. A few bottom teeth are starting to have the look of more moderate disease progression. He’s got huge melonomas around his anus. He doesn’t do well in the heat of summer and bugs to the point that he’ll stand all by himself all day long under the roof of the barn, not grazing, not with the other horses.
That being said he’s still eating well, no issues with that yet. He appreciates apples and carrots cut up to small pieces but still nickers as soon as he sees me because he knows a bag of them are coming. He’s at a boarding barn where the care is sufficient but nothing above and beyond, stall boarding him is not an option at this place. My vet agrees it’d be kinder to let him go before another summer. It’s currently still pleasant weather in my neck of the woods. It will start getting hot in May and be mid to upper 80s by June. I’m thinking I probably should make the decision and let him go next month but it is SO hard when I get to the barn and he’s looking at me for treats and eager when I get to turn him out as a special treat into the (now closed off) huge field to graze. I know it’s not the wrong thing to let him go now when he’s still looking and feeling pretty good but I am having such trouble with it. I’m looking for your stories, COTH’ers who have been in this same position and decided to let them go early. Did you feel guilt or regret after letting them go?