Signs a horse is ready to be retired?? help!
I have had my 22 going on 23 year old TB for about 6 years now. He has always been a relatively hot horse but recently he has gotten much worse. If I lunge him before I ride he tends to eventually quiet down on the lunge line, but as soon as I get on he is tense, short strided, and acts like he would like to buck me off. I have had his back checked out and it is fine, I have also even sold my saddle to get a better fitting one. I have even gone as far as to cut his grain and I have tried a "calming" supplement with him. So far not much seems to be helping him. My main concern is that I cant tell if he is sour because he is ready to retire and be done with riding, or if he is just sour because he doesnt want to work. For an older horse he is in very good condition the only thing that is wrong is that we recently found out he does have a slight heart murmur. I need opinions and help, Im not sure when a good time to retire a horse is or what certain signs are... help!