I placed a call and was surprised to find he was located only a couple of miles down the same road we live on. His owner said he needed a few groceries but was ready to hit the trails.
I admit - I was so angry...My offer of $100 was promptly accepted and I returned home to get the trailer.
I was back in minutes. On my short drive I had already given "Monster" a new name. His name would be Prince because he was leaving his horrible life as a Pauper and would be a Prince. He literally jumped into the trailer when I opened the door.
So we have made a decision. And no matter how often we've made it in the past, it's always painful. Prince's future appointments with the shoer have been cancelled.
As we prepare to say goodbye, we plan this event to be as peaceful as possible for all of our horses as well as respectful to a horse, who was never a Monster - but always a Prince.