Thunder is a 20+ appaloosa gelding that has been in my lesson program for several years. For the last 4 years he has had cancer on his sheath. He had a surgery 2 years ago that cost $400 and now he is having trouble again. He is swollen and bloody in the sheath area. We took him to the vet today and was told the surgery would be $1250 to fix him. This area needs to be removed by laser. I went in the vets office only prepared to spend $400-$500. I did not leave him at the vets. I brought him home. I am so torn on what to do. I will most likely have to put him down once the weather gets warm and the flies come out. I told my husband that maybe we should just pay the $1250 but he is against it. He thinks Thunder is too old and we really don't have that money to spend. He suggested I put a donation box in the barn and see if people could donate and we would pay 1/2 the surgery. A lot of kids love him and he has touched so many lives. This horse is so good! I just feel wierd about asking people for money but if I don't ask we will have to put him down. Opinions.....Should I put the donation box out? I would have people write the check directly to the vet and if we did not get enough I would return the checks.