I recently had to put my mare of 12 years down. She had slipped and fractured her hip. I was at work when it happened, and had to make the call about putting her down without being there. I of course rushed out to our barn as quick as possible [it's over 45 min away from where I work], but by the time I got there she was already gone. I wish more than anything I had been there with her at the end.
From my experience with other horses being put down it's usually very peaceful. Most will simply lay down after they get the first tranquilizer shot, then just close their eyes and pass after getting the actual euthanasia. Some horses do go down more quickly, so just make sure you give your horse room so you don't get caught in their path.
My deepest sympathies go out to you. Losing a dear friend is so hard. It sounds like you both had a good long life together. Best of luck.
I must euthanize my horse of 18 years. From firsthand experience what happens? Should I stay as it is done?
- I had to have my horse euthanized about 4 years ago. The vet will come and give him/her an injection that will send him/her to sleep. (makes the heart stop beating.) Your horse will collapse to the floor, the vet will check for a heart beat. You should ask the vet if they know of anyone who can either dispose of the body or come out and bury him/her. I was able to have my boy buried on my property. Having any animal euthanized isn't a pleasant experience, it comes down to personal choice and whether you feel upto it on the day.10
- I had a wonderful paint mare she was 5 years old when the Vet 1 said get a 2nd opinion and was nice enough to bring one with him that was a specalist in the area. My mare had calcification in both front legs. Brought on by poor farrier work when she was a baby and growing up. I litteraly cryed for 2 days. she was TERRIFIED OF VETS AND NEEDLES.. she was also a new mom. She would not walk back to where she needed to be without her colt. so emotional me and frustrated colt walked the very slow pace back to her final resting place we waited for the vet and after a HUGE struggle mainly due to her fears she was layed to rest. I did not want to be with her because I did not want to go thru all of that distress... LONG STORY SHORT....I am happy that I was the last one to speak to her and I was the last one to touch her and soothe her pain. She knew I was there beginning to end and never layed a hard hand on her. If your heart can handle it I would suggest it. PLEASE LET ME STRESS THA T IF YOUR HORSE IS GOOD FOR VET AND NEEDLES. THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE SHOULD GO SMOOTHER. It is alot like a dog or cat being put down . Injection , then the animal goes to a peaceful almost state and finally goes to sleep. The injection stops the heart. It is a hopefully painless experience. Sometimes there will be a final gasp (not to be graphic) but that is a involuntary response. My colt bonded close to me and my other older gelding. God Bless on the choices you have to make.20
- Wow, you have lots of answers to choose from. I'm sure they will all help as they each seem to be different and unique experiences. I'll share mine as well. I was almost 30 and my pony was well into her 30's. I'd had her for more than 20 years. She had colic and was in a lot of pain the day before. Nothing we tried helped. She just got worse. I had her stable-mate sedated because he was so attached and often did crazy things to be with her. I, of course, wanted to be there. Like someone else said, it was the least I could do. It was a traumatic experience. I wouldn't recommend it if you have not witnessed an animal put to sleep before. Her eyes got very large, like she was shocked by the fluid the vet was injecting her with. She wavered and tried to remain standing. She fell down quite hard, to her knees first, then onto her side. Unfortunately, the vet had to go back to her truck to get more "stuff"! My pony lay there, pretty much unaware of what was going on and very close to death. Finally the vet returned and finished. Once my pony went down to the ground, though, the rest was very peaceful. It helps to have close friends or family there with you. It's always sad to lose a pet, much less one you have had for so very long. Good luck and my prayers are with you.20
- I've had to have this done more than once. The easiest way is to (if you have the tractor to do it, other wise, hire it done) dig a hold large enough to bury your horse, lead it down into the hole and stay there with it while the vet give it it's shots...it will quietly lie down, then over and it is done...absolutely, I would stay with your horse if you can.00
- It will depend on your feelings toward everything. 1. you can spare your feelings and let the horse die with the vet or 2. you can stay with your horse while it peacefully drifts to sleep. you will have a chance to say goodbye. But don't worry they don't feel anything they just slowly fall asleep. My horse acted just like she was everyother night going to sleep while laying down. I stayed with her though but you will most likely have to make that decision yourself. I am so so so so sorry for your lose though It really sucks losing your best friend.10
- Some vets will give them a muscle relaxer and allow them to lay down before giving them the final shot.....I would stay with the horse for i would not my horses last minutes to be with someone who isnt always around him10
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I must euthanize my horse of 18 years. From firsthand experience what happens? Should I stay as it is done?00
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- Oh man. I had to euthanize my horse of 23. His name was Sans King Son. He passed away April 7th. It was completely heart breaking. I had never seen a horse being euthanized before, it really crushed me. But I had to be there for King, I wantd him to know that I was always going to be there for him like he had been for me. For first hand experience, there is nothing that can prepare you for a horse, well, dying. I had the vet explain to me what would happen and I tried very hard to not think about it. I was with King the entire time, from the vet sedating him to him being burried. I believe I should explain a little more. The vet had told me that once he would give King the sedative that King would become wobbly and most likely collapse right there and said that once he would give him the shot for euthanizing that King would just slow down his breathing til he passed. We took King to the grave we had buried for him beside his favorite tree where I use to go sit and feed him treats and play with him, well the vet told me to guide king afew feet away from the hole that way it would be easier to bury him. Once we got him standing still the vet carefully gave him the sedative, waited afew secs and gave him the needle for euthanizing (i'm sorry but I don't remember what he told me it was called) Afew secs passed away an King's feet startd wobbling. This is the point that I couldnt hold it in anymore and just startd bawling. The vet told me to stand back because King might collapse but strangely he didn't, he gently let himself lay down on his side an just looked up at me as if to say, "everythings alright I'll be fine I promise" King's breathing then started to slow down. At this point I was bawling I didn't care what anyone thought because I was loosing my best friend. The vet bent down beside King and checked his heart rate and then told his assistant to check his mouth (she was in training to be a vet, and yes this kinda bothered me abit) they stood back up and it was at this point that King suddenly heaved his stomache back and out an let out a huge, last breathe. That's when I broke down and fell to my knees besides King's head and gently put his head in my lap. I tried to reach around to take off his halter but it was rather difficult because he was on his left side. After I gently took his halter off I just sat there crying and gently stroking his neck and forlock. I had to close his eyes because as he died he kept them open with this reassuring look at me. It was completely heart breaking I hope I don't have to go through that again any time soon especially with my filly I've raised since she was only 16 months old and broke myself. But its really not bad. I had to make myself look on the bright side because I had been so depressed after that. The bright side is that he's in a much better place and he didn't have to suffer anymore. I did all that I could to give him a wonderful life with me. He had always been there for me when I needed him the most, me an King had been through hell pretty much but no matter what happened King was always there for me. I believe I returned the favor by letting him go in peace and giving him the best last day I could give him. I fed him treats and stayed with him the whole afternoon b4 the vet came. I took him an Jill out of the pasture and sat with them as they grazed in my front yard. And to help me cope with that day I had two friends with me. My ex and my, then, bff. My best suggestion that I can give you is spend time with your horse the day before and the day he/she needs to be euthanized. Think of all the great moments you both have shared. Celebrate the memories you both have created and think of how he/she is going to be in a better place. Remember his/her life and not death. He/she may pass away but hte memories and bond you share will not. Have your closets friends with you when it happens. Trust me its not the kinda thing you wana go through alone. If you want to, be there with your horse, but that's your decision. I wanted to be there with King so that he knew that I was always going to be there for him. I'm very sry to hear that you have to go through what I did.21
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