This story deeply speaks to my heart on many levels. On a personal level, holding the integrity and regard to elders is sadly lost in many ways in our culture. With horses, it is beyond sad to send an animal to auction after ALL that he or she has given to you and your family. When a horse becomes unusable due to arthritis or injury or aging changes make it unrealistic for the level of service that a horse did before, know of all that the horse has given to you and find a way to be there until the last breath even if the solution is a humane euthanasia. That presence, that deep regard is simply the right thing to do. Know better and do better.