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.