I have had my 33yo boy for 18 years now (since I was 12). He is absolutely full of beans, gallops around all the time and is generally a very happy guy. However, he does have a few problems associated with old age, 1) arthritus which is managed with 1 sachet of bute per day, 2) very few teeth left which is managed via hay replacers which are expensive but he does very well on and 3) lately he has developed a certain amount of incontinence which means he wees quite a lot especially when he is excited (i.e. his food is coming etc) to manage this he wears leg wraps, turnout chaps and/or baby oil for waterproofing.
At the end of last summer we had a pony we had out on loan return home, she is 24, but is full of beans but her current loan home had outgrown her. The lady who had her was going to try to find her another loan home but my mum basically said don't worry HB will look after her bring her back here. This year is my final year of uni (I am a very old student). It has been a really hard winter and I have an awful lot on my plate. I have struggled to cope with three as my family are all completely non-horsey and I have to look after all three pretty much by myself, though hubby feels a bit sorry for me sometimes and helps out when he can.
In short, I managed fine with just my two boys but three has really tipped the balance. I want to find a new home for the 24yo mare as she is sitting there doing nothing, it completely wasted and whilst she can't do a full days hunting etc any more she could certainly do an hour or so and also would make a great hack. She is probably just going to sit there for the next 10 years which IMO does oldies no good. Also I can't devote the time to her she deserves.
My parents are fighting me tooth and nail on this and almost every day I get that "Sam (my oldie) is the problem" or "well you should have him PTS then it would be easier for you etc etc". I don't see why he should have to take the brunt of this. He is so happy and full of life, no one can believe how old he is and says he looks so well for his age, yet all I get from my family is that I should get rid of him. I don't mind looking after my 2 boys as I can cope fine, but the third horse has almost turned life into a mysery. She is really hardy so I tried to turn her out 24/7 with a rug on, mid February and I just got so much h*ll from my parents about it, my mum wouldn't talk to me for days etc etc as they think I'm being cruel to her etc - but I'm not she's a dartmoor and fit as a fiddle!!!
Am just feeling a bit down about it, again tonight my dad was telling me I should "get rid" of my oldie at the end of the summer and I'm sick of hearing it. If he's ready to go he will tell me or it will be clear if he starts to give up etc but right now, I think he's too happy, his appetite is enormous, he's full of life. Just because he's older and has a few old age problems is that immediate reason to make the call!!!??