sadly giving up on EMND horse
This past spring we bought a gorgeous PRE for my daughter as her to be bronze medal horse. He is a lovely horse with a great temperament, terrific breeding, and very talented movement. Shortly after we got him (he came from SK, Canada and we are in the US), he started acting spooky, in pain and sore in his back. Shortly after his one and only show 9where he did well), he started to waste before our eyes. We took him in to Cornell and had the Full Monte workup done to rule out and in everything, and he came back with a definitive diagnosis of equine motor neuron disease. We have done the expensive natural vitamin E, his weight came back, but his back muscle motor neurons appear to be fully dead. We tried putting him back in light work, but he is just so uncomfortable and is in pain and tried to buck voraciously.
I am of the "one spinal column per human lifetime" school of thought and even though we paid a small fortune for this horse. I am ready to give up. My husband and I do not want to put anyone at risk, and are considering options for him that would be free, since we feel it is unethical to pass him along to anyone for money or without complete and full disclosure.
Does anyone here have ideas of a possible life for a horse like this? He is only 8, almost 9. He can be ridden at a walk and is a gorgeous animal. We do not want to send him for slaughter, and our vet can not put him down when he is a happy horse out at pasture with a good appetite and a sweet demeanor. We board, and if we had our own place, we would just let him live out his life in a pasture.
Any ideas welcome.