retirement options

I’ve put the word out, looking for a retirement home for the Big Guy. So far the two responses I’ve received are not promising.

The cost would be more then what I’m paying for now – actually far more – and would be the same as full care board. The logic isn’t logical. It would cost me 3-4x to move Big Guy to another location to “retire” with people I can’t keep an eye upon, compared to keeping him with me for far less.

I’ve still got a message out to my vet who sits on a board for therapeutic riding and to a retired Thoroughbred association in the state.

BigT isn’t completely unsound and I want him to be used and enjoyed, where he can receive attention and affection. Being a therapeutic horse *might* work though I have some doubts as I know he doesn’t like being ridden by actual riding lesson students but being a therapy horse he would do no more then walk about.

OTOH, it may just come down to it that I remain the best home for him.

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2 Responses to retirement options

  1. It is hard to find a good place to retire a horse. Plus there are people out there who think that, if we have a horse, we must have money to burn. I hope that you find a good solution. However you may be happier keeping him with you in retirement. There will be less to worry about.

    • horseideology says:

      Yes, it seems it might be best to keep him with me. I am talking with the retired Thoroughbred association for the state and she may have a possibility for me. It would be about the same as what I am paying now but he would be stabled with seniors.

      If we owned our own place this wouldn’t be a problem… but as it is we don’t and I don’t foresee that happening in the near future. 😦

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