What are the options for this horse? *UPDATE: Placed!*
The horse has been placed! Thanks to the suggestions and reach of this wonderful board and the kindness and openness of one particular heart, the horse has been placed!
To make an extremely long story (somewhat) short, my family owns an 'investment' horse and are currently struggling to figure the best possible future for him-- for his quality of life, and also for us financially.
The horse in question is absolutely high-quality animal-- imported from Denmark, branded Danish WB with good jumping bloodlines, beautiful hunter movement, imposing presence (gorgeous neck, soft eye, great tail!), and SCOPEY. Could have been a 6 figure horse.
However, about a year ago he coliced. Within 24 hours, he was given 2 colic surgeries and miraculously pulled through. However, he has since developed a LARGE hernia on his belly from the surgery incision. It is about the size of nerf football. The vets say they can fix it with surgery (a mesh-type installment).
But at this point, my parents (who have paid for this horse so many times over that there is no possibility of ever making a profit) have sunk so much money that they are unsure if they can afford the surgery and the rehab, and then still have the costs of showing, marketing, etc. associated with getting him sold. I know this sounds horrible and that they are uncaring, but they truly are at the end of their rope. Before this he was proving to be a difficult sell due to some 'baby' horse spookiness-- so even before this whole mess, he was accumulating a lot of fees and causing anxiety.
Right now he is unrideable. His quality of life, while simple and carefree (turnout, stall, turnout, stall...) cannot be too great, IMO. The vets don't think the hernia causes him pain, but it must be uncomfortable?
What i'm asking is-- what are the options for this horse? He is young-- only 9.
He COULD potentially be made back into a competition horse (jumping, or I could see him going dressage-- he is NICE!) once he had the surgery.
Is there possibility of marketing him as a give-a-way, with potential? If someone was willing to take the chance on him, this could be the deal of the century...
We looked into donation, but since he is not rideable at the point that is limited. Does anyone know of other donation programs, that would have a purpose for him?
Any other suggestions?
I know this sounds like we are giving up on the problem, but this situation is so complex and has been going on for such a long time. We truly want the best for this horse-- but cannot ignore our financial constraints and lack of resources. We have looked into many donation options already, but no luck. We want to ensure he is happy, in whatever is the best way possible-- but we truly are at our wits end in figuring out what that will look like.