I thought my teenage jumper gelding was on the road to full recovery from his suspensory injury (about 1 year ago), but it’s not so. I need to get real. I thought there was a prayer he’d return to 2’9 or 3’, but he had another setback last week (a stifle issue). It was minor and he was trotting under tack again in a week, but…now I see that he can’t do the job I had hoped for.
He’s on a fair amount of maintenance. He gets hock injections every 6 months, daily Previcox, monthly Legend, and a feed-through joint supplement. He stays serviceably sound with this.
I believe he could do low level dressage, trail rides, and the occasional small jumps if he stays on his maintenance. He has no naughty habits, but he is a big, strong gelding. He’s not a horse for a beginner.
I have to decide whether to lease him for a low-level job, or just retire him. I have never had to make this choice before and I’m feeling really conflicted.
P.S. If I lease him out, it’d be a cheap or care lease. I would only ask that they cover his expenses, including all the maintenance mentioned.
P.P.S. Please be kind. This horse is very special to me and it’s a really emotional issue.