It hasn't been a good start to the year in our household. My husband lost his job last week and since we live on a ranch we will lose our home also. We don't have anywhere to go yet. Anyway, I have an old horse. He is 24 and not in bad shape for his age, but he is an old horse and a little creaky. He has been retired for about 18 months and is too old for an adult to ride, and I don't think it would be fair to put him through a kid riding him either. He colics if he is penned or stalled for any amount of time, so he lives out in the pasture. I've been debating what the right decision is for him. The sale barn is completely out of the question. I have advertised him for free, but I have had either ignorant or dubious replies. One wanted to know if he came with papers (this is an old gelding!), another totally missed the point about him needing permanent pasture and offered to turn him out on 2 acres at weekends. Am I a horrible person for considering euthanizing him? My worry is that if I give him away he may either be ridden, which would cripple him in no time, or end up on a one way trip to Mexico at some point. He probably has a year or two left in him if he stays retired, but his productive days are over. He has been a good horse to me and I want to do the right thing by him.