(Closed) Horsey Bee’s- Have you ever had to put a horse down? :(

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve never had to make that decision, but she will let you know when she’s ready.

33 is a great long life for a horse and it sounds like she’s been very well loved.

My heart goes out to you. I cannot imagine how hard this must be.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m so sorry. I had to put my horse down before. It’s very sad and never easy, but sometimes it just has to be done :(. If you can, try to focus on the good full life that you gave her. While it’s sad it has to end this way, I’m sure that you gave her love and a happy life.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m so sorry 🙁 My husband’s horse died last Easter. We went over at about 6am because the horse was lying down and his dad wanted to see if they could get him back up. The poor thing was suffering so much, they decided to call the vet. Once he got there he shaved a spot on the horse, went over to get the shot ready, walked back over to him and he had passed on his own during those two minutes. He was 35, Darling Husband had had him for about 24 years. It was very upsetting but Darling Husband was just glad he wasn’t in pain anymore. Not that that really helps at a time like this, but just know that as upsetting as it is that it’s not your choice anymore, she may just be telling you she’s ready to go.

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Ugh I have a thirty year old mare, and I can only imagine what you are going through 🙁

May I ask what made you want to put her down prior to this ( like all the dates you had picked for putting her down) ? Just old age, or is she continuously suffering?

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I’ve said goodbye to many, many animals. I’ve been present for most euthanasias since I was a kid. This includes my mom’s horse when I was around 3. I can’t remember why. I think it was old age that got to him. If I remember correctly he was already down, and when the vet did it, it was as gentle as it is with a dog or cat. 

 

I’m sorry it may be time to say goodbye, but being responsible is what animal care is all about. =( 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I put my gelding down June 2009. Don’t wish it on anyone. He was in a colic situation and after 16 hours with the vet he suggested that it would be best to euthanize him.

I won’t lie, I think you’re in a tougher spot. I didn’t get to plan or decide, it was a frantic phone call to get to the barn, frantic call to the vet and a foggy day/night of trials and decision making all on the fly.

There is an old fart at the barn now (28) and from what I see…..it’s beyond his time. His owners love for him I think blinds his needs right now. Go with your gut, go with your heart, listen to her and try to be unbiased at times as to her day to day and overall quality of life.

Today’s strange behaviours do not sound any bit normal. I hope the vet and perhaps you find the best solution. Hugs <3

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Context: I grew up on a horse farm (polo ponies and racehorses) and my dad is a polo player/blacksmith/racehorse trainer. I’ve never (that I remember) been around when a horse was euthanized but I have been there lots of times when horses have had strokes/heart attacks/etc and died as a result. It’s not pretty and never expected. It sounds like your mare is getting old and will likely go quietly, not suddenly like younger performance horses sometimes (unfortunately) do. If she’s not in pain, let her slip away. If she is in pain and doesn’t have a spark in her eye, it’s time for her to go. Either way, it’s a tough decision. Most of the horses I grew up with were, until recently, still around and they are like members of the family. Enjoy your time with her and give her a treat from me. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@Take The Reins:  I don’t know where you are in Canada, but we (the team) have played a lot in Toronto and Montreal, and frequently in Buffalo. My dad won the Canadian Cup one year! It’s a great sport, a huge challenge for the players and the horses, and has a real “tribe” feel (everyone feels like family, hang out together after the game, etc). I hope you can experience it one day! 

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