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Horse is in terrible pain-owner will not put down. -UPDATE 1/11/07 Page 5

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  • but wait a minute...

    I haven't read this thread through, but I've seen already quite a few strong opinions in favor of putting down a mare they've never seen.

    It is true that a horse will tell you when it's time. And perhaps this owner and this horse have not reached that time yet.

    A lot of you would probably have put my mare Ruby down months before she told me it was time. It would have made you uncomfortable to watch her, perhaps. But I watched her. I watched her interacting with the rest of the herd, leaning up against her mate for comfort, nibbling the grass, drawing in huge draughts of fresh spring air, watching the birds. On the day when it was time it was time, and not before.

    Perhaps what you could do is encourage the owner to watch other horses for a while. Just watch them. See how they move, how much interest they have in what's going on around them, how much pleasure they take in their food an each other's company. And then watch her mare and see how much different she is. Perhaps the owner could then see for herself the mare's approach to the Rainbow Bridge. Or maybe you will see that in fact she isn't quite ready yet.

    We don't put horses down because it hurts us to watch them. We put them down when they tell us the pain is too great.

    Blessings and good luck.

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    • You might want to go back and read the thread. This horse has been asking to be set free for a long time and the owner has chosen not to see it
      Y'all ain't right!

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      • And how much can they move if they cannot even get up with assistance?

        I hope this person doesn't get another horse. If she does I would certainly not let her board it at my barn...
        Every mighty oak was once a nut that stood its ground.

        Proud Closet Canterer! Member Riders with Fibromyalgia clique.

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        • At home burial

          One very nice thing at my boarding barn is that it's on 100 acres and most of that is meadows, hills and farmland. If a horse has to be put down, the owners will use their backhoe and dig a grave, then they cover it up, you can lead your horse down to the spot you picked and in the sunshine, at home, the vet will euthanize your horse. Then the BO will bury him for you and you can visit the grave.

          It kind of freaks out the horses when there is a fresh grave along a trail, so they will close a portion of a trail for a week or so, and then its peaceful again.

          I hope for this ending for my horse many, many years from now. And I hope I will know the right time. We euthanized my 14 year old dog a few years ago and even though I know it was the right thing, it still haunts me.
          Ransomed from Suerteland.

          Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.
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