This a very hard topic for me , as usually when I get horses, they are for life. I'm thinking about making a hard decision regarding my new boy. I have only had him for about 4 months but since then he has had some health issues, and of late they are getting serious. When I got him, I knew he had a bowed tendon. I got my vet out and it was fine and I got his hip checked out, which showed he had a previously fractured pelvis. Which riding wise wouldn't affect him too much, only if I wanted to compete at high levels. Since buying him, I have discovered he has seedy toe in all 4 hooves. That was fine, I was treating that. He then got an abscess and after many failed poultices and 2 vet visits, the vet started to remove the infection (after 2 sedations). From here it was discovered, that the wall separation was much worse than we thought and the abscesses was very deep #(. The vet thinks the infection may be running under the hoof more, which could result in having to remove a large proportion of the sole. Which means no riding for months till it grew back. To top it off, it looks like he has laminitis as well, which is going to require x rays and his tendon is a little sore again and that too will need an xray. Firstly it's very $$$ for me to maintain all this treatment as I am a full time uni student, but I have not been skimping at all with his vet treatments, as if I can't afford the vet bills , I shouldn't have him. What I'm really worried about is all this time and money I'm investing in a horse, which at the end of the day has soundness issues. He will always have a high risk of re occurring abscesses and if he has laminitis, he will have to have soaked hay and restricted grazing. I just don?t want him to live a life where it's restricted. If he didn't have a bowed tendon and old hip injury, I would most likely prevail.. but having hoof problems, it would be causing all different pressures on his tendon and hip. He also raced till he was 7 and I know he will have joint issues from that. He also gets himself worked up so much and it breaks my heart seeing him so tense , from something as simple as tying him up in the shed. I can't just put him out to pasture to rest , as the seedy toe and laminitis needs daily monitoring . It's just so hard, as he means so much to me and he is the sweetest horse. :cry: I just need some advice at the moment.