ETA hypothetical question here - I have a KS horse but he’s stuck with me trying to “fix” him.
Another poster brought this up in one of the KS threads and I thought it deserved its own discussion, especially in today’s economy. What do you(g) do with a young, unrideable but seemingly pasture sound horse? Especially if the economy and modern environment has taken you from a two horse household down to one?
Keeping horses at home or in the neighbor’s yard is becoming less and less viable for most of the population - and if Poofy’s story is anything to go by, you often cannot trust just ANY retirement farm. Additionally, rarely can you ethically rehome these horses - they look very sound in turnout and might tolerate some light riding (until they don’t). Do you sell the going horse and give up riding for however long the lame one is around? Do you attempt to rehome the lame horse as a companion on a free lease (how many of these homes exist?)? Do you throw ridiculous amounts of money at surgeries and therapies to try to get the horse useable for a low level job, only to be stuck with a horse no one would buy or lease anyway due to its history?
Alternatively, do you consider euthing a “sound” pasture pet in order to keep them from a worse fate and pursue your goals? While I think people might understand euthing a “permanently lame” horse, I know in my area you’d be ASKING to be flamed on social or blacklisted if you immediately went shopping for a new horse, or showing with your second horse. Especially if the horse wasn’t actively lame. I think most of COTH wouldn’t judge someone (and even support them), but the larger population of horse people certainly would.
So, what DOES one do, hypothetically? We talk about people being priced out of competition and horses in general, but what about the one horse ammy? The one who has done everything to try to make it work with the horse they have? Are there options out there for these horses - mares sometimes can find recip homes, but what about the geldings?