Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USDF Region 1, USEA Area 2, USEF Zone 3 - Maryland
I've never had to put a horse down, but I have heard stories from friends. I will have the horse I have now until the day he dies, and if he's euthed, he will be sedated first. That way he'll most likely lay himself down and be too out of it to fight (if he did).
Some horses do fight when they are straight up given the pink stuff. Sure, they don't know they are being euthed, but I'm sure they feel something and they know it's not right. They feel like they need to get away from the situation and that's when all hell can break loose, even for a few seconds.
But, some horses can go down easily without sedation. Just depends.