- Take The Reins
- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
Sort of hypothetical situation, but one that I am facing, in my shoes, what would you do?
You’ve had a horse in your care for 20 years, it’s 33 years old, You thought you had a long term end of days home when shit goes south and you are suddenly informed said horse must leave the farm. Animal is healthy for the most part, has been in the same place long term. You’re offered a home 1.5 hours away from current location, but it’s not really a financially stable place; They want you to pick up bills until they get on their feet, feed, vet etc. Horse hasn’t been hauled in 10 plus years and is 33!
I’m in this situation and I came to the decision to euthanize my mare because she is in a good place right now health wise, no suffering etc and I don’t want to take the risk of her declining during the move or after, I don’t feel stressing her with a haul and a new farm/herd integration is the fairest thing. My vet (also friend) is giving me mega push back that I would euthanize an outwardly healthy animal (we have no idea whats going on inside if anything). She says we can give her another summer…what the hell for she has had 33 of them! I can’t see the future, she may never make the summer and end in pain between now and then. Right now, in this moment, I can guarantee she goes pain free and with dignity, peaceful in a place she has been for some time. Am I wrong? She will be 34 this June (technically already is because horses b-days are considered jan 1). What am I preserving her for? She has already outlived the average age and I feel like she is on borrowed time. Yeah, she might live to be 35 or 36, maybe even 37. But I can’t forsee her end, how she will go. Do you think I am wrong to make this choice while she is healthy but aged?
Would YOU give a way a beloved pet of 15 plus years to someone else if you couldn’t take them with you?