which is gentler/kinder way to put down a horse

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    02-10-2008, 06:19 PM
which is gentler/kinder way to put down a horse

Hi my mum is comming to terms with having to out her horse to sleep due to severe arthritis,
Our question is which is the kinder way to do it needle or shooting her? We want her to go peacefully but with no pain and stress.
Any comments would be appreciated
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    02-10-2008, 07:57 PM
If it were my horse, I would have the vet give the shot. If it is the same as what they do with other animals, it sort of doses them so they sleep, and then stops their heart...that way there is not trauma involved.

The vet did that to our dog and it just looked like she went to sleep. It was still REALLY sad, but I could never shoot one of my animals unless there was no other option (out in the back country somewhere with the painful and life ending injury). I don't know from experience if it is traumatizing to the horse, but it sure would traumatize me.

That is a really sad situation...I hope you the best at such a sad time.
    02-10-2008, 09:00 PM
Uhhh, I would say NO to shooting her.

Definantly get the vet out to euthanize her.
    02-10-2008, 09:44 PM
A Vet for sure, if you don't know where to shot are horse it could cause a lot of pain and suffering.
    02-11-2008, 08:14 AM
Definitly let the vet do it. We had to have a horse euthanised and she went very peacefully. I had a kitten with an injury I had to shoot. It was a holiday weekend no vet available. It was awful, I had to shoot it several times to kill it. I can't imagine doing it to a horse. It was just awful, that's all I can say.
    02-11-2008, 08:35 PM
Let the vet put her to sleep. Don't shoot her. But there are supplements out that can help arthritis.
    02-11-2008, 09:42 PM
Thank you for all your comments and advise.
It is really hard as we have had dogs put to sleep which was really peaceful but have heard it is not the same for horses and so that is why I wanted some other opinions on it. We have spent the past 6 yrs treating it and she has done well up until now, now she is in pain and nothing seems to help her, worse on cold days so don't want to try get her through a nother winter it just wouldnt be fair. She is approx 25-30 yrs old and had a hard life up until my mum got her, where now she really does think she is a queen...
    02-12-2008, 07:13 AM
Its the same for a horse, just a bigger dose. God bless and help you in your decision making, its a tough one to make.
    02-12-2008, 10:42 AM
Green Broke
Shoot. Its quicker and costs less. But make sure you do it in the right spot.
    02-12-2008, 11:00 AM
I've seen both done. I would choose the injection, if it were my horse.

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