DH and I moved to the country to improve our family quality of life. For the most part, it's working out very well for us. We have 2 kids, horses, calves, chickens (went from 8 to 30 in about 6 wks!) a rabbit, and am contemplating a couple of milk goats and some turkeys. The problem we are experiencing currently is with a 6 year old reg QH horse we've had for a few years. He had major health issues when he was little, and was given to us by a friend/breeder who only wanted to find a good home for him after his 4th surgery (he had colic surgery originally, then 3 hernia surgeries after his abdomen could not heal). We got him over that, but in his duration being stalled for 18 mos he became a cribber and got terribly spoiled (i.e. no discipline whatsoever) and was pretty much an emotional mess when we got him. At the time we only had one, so he got lots of attention. Long story short, we have 5 others now and he just can't seem to adjust. He is, bar none, the hardest keeper I have ever seen. He cribs on fence posts, fallen trees, whatever - despite having the ability to graze with the others (they are only stalled to feed twice daily, then turned back out this time of year) We feed him much more than anyone else, including digestive supplements and extra grain, and still can't keep him looking fit. We're scared to ride him 'cause he's so thin, but I believe if he had a "job" to do it might help his boredom and jealously. DH doesn't want to chance it. Despite the fact the others are VERY healthy looking, we had a stranger dropping a bale of hay a week in the pasture with him because he's so pitiful looking... then she stopped one day, told us what she'd been doing and why, and offerred to buy him. We call our place Second Chance Ranch, usually what ends up here stays here because no one else would want them or take the time to rehabillitate them (health or behavior problems). We have been very successful thusfar, except for this one. No matter what we do, he just won't improve. We have changed his diet several times (slowly, over the course of years). Nothing helps . I'm starting to think we would be better off letting him go (for free) to the woman who's granddaughter wanted to buy him. Maybe he'd be better off in a place where he has less competition for attention and time (we stall feed everyone, so there's no competition for food here at all). If he had someone to love on him and just one other, he'd be better off. My DH and 6 year old son LOVE this poor horse and consider him family. I do too, but I'm thinking it's in his best interest to let him go. It's a tough decision. BTW, he has no other health issues at this time, except for the cribbing. He had a cribbing collar, but you could NOT get near his head when it was on and it took months to get him over that when we took it off and turned him out. Anyone got any sage words of wisdom? I could sure use another perspective at this point. Thanks .