PA, where the State motto is: "If it makes sense, we don't do it!".
I'm really feelin' down in the dumps tonight....
I called the vet to come and euthanize my little TB mare tomorrow morning.... Had to call and make sure someone could come to take her away too, since I can't afford to have her cremated....
Sad, sad day but she is really having trouble getting around on her bad knee. It's calcified and just got bigger overnight!
Last month the vet gave her a second series of hyaluronic acid shots but they didn't help her this time. With colder weather forecast, and Winter (and the weekend) coming I felt this was an opportune time.... I don't want to keep putting it off and end up with an emergency on a weekend when no one is around.... It sounds so cold to say that but I just worry about this little mare all the time--neither one of us can go on like this.... I sure don't want her to end up like poor Quincy in Massachusetts!!!!
I'm hoping to help out at a rescue near me that buys Thoroughbreds at New Holland and has recently taken in some TBs from Delaware Park--that ought to keep me busy....
Cherry, remember you are doing the best thing you can for your horse, even though it is breaking your heart.
A minute too early is so much kinder than a second too late.
I think the fact we can make those choices however, makes us struggle with sadness, guilt, all those emotions. We forget that it is the final gift we can give them.
Godspeed to your little mare, and my sincere hugs and condolences to you.
I know it doesn't help, but thank you for giving her the release her body needs. I have a new little mare here with HORRIBLE knees - she's 3 and has arthritis and holes in the joints from being overinjected. She's such a sweet girl and I allowed to let myself get attached before getting the xray results...
I'm not sure what her future holds, but I know in the long run I'm going to have to make the same call that you made today.
Jingles for both you and her tomorrow - may she pass quickly and have the best gallop of her life when she reaches The Bridge.
Hugs and warmest wishes, Cherry.
You are very brave for doing what is right for your little mare....it is the kindest and most generous thing you can gift to her, although it is heartbreaking for you.
I hope you can look back fondly on pictures and memories of her and have joy in what she has taught you and brought to your life.
All the best,
Being a responsible horse owner can be painful, but it's for her good.
I'm sure those rescues will keep you busy and you can take comfort in possibly offering a future to some other horse who currently has no one they can count on to do right by them.
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