I’m struggling with this question regarding my gelding. I bought him August 2017. He was/is just an honest and quiet confidence builder I really needed. He was 14 years old, but passed his PPE (including x-rays) with flying colors. In the 3rd month of ownership, he came up lame in his right front while riding in an indoor arena. We were walking on a loose rein, and he suddenly began head-bobbing. There was heat in the beginning, but no swelling of any kind. I'm sure there were warning signs prior to this, but I did not catch them in time. Since this time we have done everything SHORT of an MRI: (The horse was not insured at the time of the incident unfortunately.) 4 rounds of x-rays. Ultrasound. Found nothing. X-rays actually look “fine” according to vets. 3 new farriers – 1 ELPO certified barefoot farrier. Tried everything from eggbars to completely barefoot to boots. 3 months of stall rest, multiple months of hand-walking, followed by multiple months just turned out. Switched to a low starch and IR diet due to him being a bit cresty, and overweight. (blood work came back normal) Custom saddle fitter Chiro/acupuncture/ magnawave Back on Track sheets/blankets, magnetic hoof boots Injected with Pro-Stride. Did not work. Equioxx 1 tablet a day. No real change. Bute, slight change, nothing significant. 3 different vets, one the lead lameness vet in the state. Instructed to do MRI, or turnout and cross fingers. After all this, all I know is the pain is near the coffin joint in the right front. We assume this is probably a soft tissue injury. No real diagnosis. My main vet told me the MRI could tell me something, or tell me nothing. So I decided to turn the horse out and not do anything with him all summer. Let him just be a horse. We did barefoot trims during this time. He got better. So much better that he actually came up sound this September. My vets couldn’t believe it. I was told to start under saddle at a walk. Unfortunately, he was slightly off after ridden work in October (no canter yet, just a lot of walking and a little trot), so I turned him back out. He came back sound within a week. He is still sound, but i have not been back to riding him yet. I just feel like I'm stuck in the cycle of being hopeful, and being put in check every time i bring a saddle back out. Some tell me ride him through it, some tell me to back off. Some tell me to shoe, others tell me to stick it out with barefoot, boots. Some tell me to go back for the MRI, some tell me its just not worth it. My friends/family/husband want me to move on and start looking for a second horse. Let this guy just be and retire him. He always has a home here with us, but I am having a hard time letting go, and letting that happen. He was just SO much fun to ride, and he is so happy to have a job. I have the money to start shopping… but I just keep putting it off. I have been taking lessons.. i just miss riding in my fields and around home. What would you do? Is it time to move on?