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  • Cost of horse removal

    How much does it cost to have a horse that has passed away removed?

  • #2
    It totally depends on where you are.

    Some areas it is hard to even find someone to remove a horse carcass.


    • #3
      It depends on your area, and what's done with the body.

      IIRC, 3 years ago when I needed this service, it was nearly $400. That was a simple haul-off to the rendering plant. I've seen threads on this topic in the past year or so, and costs varied widely.


      • #4
        In my area, about $175
        Come to the dark side, we have cookies


        • #5
          $200 last January here in the SoCal high desert.
          "And I will be an embarrassment to all
          Who have not found the peace in being free
          to have a horse as a best friend."


          • #6
            Burial cost me $100. On my own property.


            • #7
              IIRC, I was told $700 when we called the only removal company in the area to try to have my mare's body removed. And it would be a (minimum) several day wait for them to get here. I opted to bury instead (and was glad I have the option to do so!).

              But I would imagine it varies greatly based on location.
              Flying F Sport Horses
              Horses in the NW


              • Original Poster

                Our farm is located in south eastern PA.


                • #9
                  you need to find/locate someone in your area - call another barn or sometimes the local tack/feed store has a wealth of information... in MD I think a friend of mine called 1-800-dead-cow...


                  • #10
                    What are the rendering options in central VA, does anyone know?

                    The only time we had a horse death (so far, and certainly hope we don't have any anytime soon, but of course death does come to us all) we had to hire someone with a backhoe to come in and do the burial, he brought bags of lime and moved the body quite a ways but still, it was a lot more than farmgirl598's $100. With euth and burial costs we could have bought a new horse, it's kind of blackly ironic how much it cost us, and if you let it get to you it can really add to an already dark time.
                    If thou hast a sorrow, tell it not to the arrow, tell it to thy saddlebow, and ride on, singing. -- King Alfred the Great


                    • #11
                      around two hundred dollars, last i knew.
                      try ellenburg recycling in upstate new york, they may travel to your area.
                      be prepared though--the truck has tall wood sides, but in this weather you can still see frozen horse and cow legs sticking up as they go down the road.


                      • #12
                        Valley Proteins services all of the mid-Atlantic.

                        Another option is to allow a local hunt to come and collect the horse before it passes. A lot of my foxhunting friends do this when the time comes for their foxhunters. It comforts them to know the horse will, in essence, live on through the hounds it feeds.
                        "No matter how cynical I get its just not enough to keep up." Lily Tomlin


                        • #13
                          Varies a lot. Burial here is free on your own land but will cost you the use of a backhoe and driver which can vary from about $75 up to $200. If you have a flat bed or some other way to move the carcass yourself you can bury at the large animal pit at the local dump for $15 (but it takes some kind of work....or the backhoe driver/machine again...to get it onto a flatbed and then getting it unloaded can be an experience if there's no one at the dump operating heavy equipment there). Burial in some areas of the country is not allowed if the animal was euthanized...concerns about toxic chemical leaching into the water table or access by wild life/feral dogs/cats. In these areas cremation may be required which I'm told is very expensive. In some areas there is a rendering company and prices/schedules can vary widely. Last time I used one was about 8 years ago, came out from Reno, cost me $400.
                          Colored Cowhorse Ranch
                          Northern NV


                          • #14
                            It costs no more than $55.95 and if the people you hire argue about it tell them I said that's what it costs and that's what they have to do it for.


                            • #15
                              Here in southern Ohio we have a guy that does it for about $150 depending on how far he has to travel. He was referred to us by our neighbor who has cattle. We used to bury them on the property but since the land around us has been developed, well, our suburban neighbors might frown upon it. When we did have them buried it cost us about $50 but I was lucky enough to have a friend with a backhoe close enough he didn't have to trailer it in and he only charged us a small amount to cover fuel.

                              Another option you could look into is donating the horse to a learning program like a nearby college with a vet program. A friend of mine did that and they came and removed the horse for free.


                              • #16
                                County picks them up for free, but they must be on the road. Same day pick-up, usually within 2 hours can remove from stall or paddock, it's $100 plus $2/mile outside of Lexington. $100 if you're in Fayette County, Kentucky.


                                • #17
                                  Valley Protein to come to No VA/Central VA last check was $400. Insane price


                                  • #18
                                    In my area it's $125.00, cash only for horse people. Cow people can wrote checks as they don't bounce checks the way horse people do.


                                    • #19
                                      I paid $450 a year ago. That was for removal and burial.


                                      • #20
                                        In western Wisconsin it is $50 for the renderer to pick up a horse, around $150 for a backhoe to dig a burial hole (but that is no longer permitted in some counties) and about $1000 plus hauling for cremation. I have been told that sometimes, a bit further north in Wisconsin and Minnesota, one can find a sled dog enthusiast who will dispatch the horse for the owner and then haul the carcass to use to feed their dogs.
                                        Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
                                        Elmwood, Wisconsin