I have an old (20+) TWHx gelding who was given to me a few (maybe 5?) years ago. He has always been gimpy - a combination of a possible club foot (managed by my farrier) and very poor conformation (imagine a VERY upright front end). He is also partially blind (no idea why) and seems to be losing his hearing. Needless to say, he is at the bottom of my "herd" and is now separated from the other 5 equids so that he can get the feed/grass that he needs w/o being picked on. They are right over the fence, though, so it's not like he's isoalted. Obviously, winter is hard on him - both because of his age and his joints. But, with each one, he seems to be getting worse. The way he walks in front, his left crosses over his right, so he's always risking tripping. He seems to be losing control/coordination in his hind end and staggers sometimes there. There is crepidus in his shoulder joints and his hind end cracks with every step. The only time he moves at more than a creep is when he's being pestered by the other horses - and it hurts me to watch him. Yet, he eats and drinks well (though we are losing the "keeping weight on" battle slowly). I have tried oral and IM joint supplements to help keep him happy and moving...seem to be losing that battle also. With the other horses that I have had euthanized, I *knew* when it was time for them to go. I *might* have waited too long, actually, and put them through too much. I don't want to do that with Nash. Thoughts? Could use some horse-people insights.