02-10-2008, 08:57 PM
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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.