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  • Best way to put horse down without shooting it

 
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    03-03-2008, 01:43 PM
  #31
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When my pony was put to sleep the vet warned that sometimes things do go wrong. Fortunately, Bandit simply laid down and appeared to go to sleep.

The important thing is that the vet administers first a dose to allow the horse to essentially "go to sleep" and then the killing dose. My friend had a horse put down in an emergency situation where the vet gave it all in one dose, and the horse went up and over backwards. It was very, very traumatic to witness.

My Arab gelding recently had to be put to sleep in an emergency situation where waiting for the vet would've caused the horse a great deal of pain. My older brother (an avid hunter) shot the horse with a rifle, and he died immediately. Because of his hunting backround, my brother knew where the right spot was to deliver the killing shot. I would not recommend this method to someone who didn't know exactly what they were doing.
     
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    03-03-2008, 09:43 PM
  #32
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I could no imagine what must go thru someone's mind to even consider shooting a horse or any other animal no matter the reason.
     
    03-04-2008, 01:04 AM
  #33
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Originally Posted by My2Geldings
I could no imagine what must go thru someone's mind to even consider shooting a horse or any other animal no matter the reason.
Well, what went through my family's mind when they decided to shoot Mirage was that he was most likely in very extreme pain with no hope of recovery. Option 1: call a vet, wait most likely one hour (or more) for the vet to arrive to put the horse down. Option 2: end the horse's suffering immediately.

Which would you prefer?
     
    03-14-2008, 01:47 AM
  #34
Trained
In my opinion, I would say have your vet do it. Shooting is just too inaccurate in my opinion. Both can go wrong, but from my experiance the injection is less painful and less traumatizing for you as the owner. (I'm speaking of regular guns, not captive-bolt which when done correctly is deemed humane.) Lethal injection, from my understanding, is an overdose of a general anesthetic which causes the horse to fall asleep as if going under for surgery and then because of the overdose their heart stops. I think that sounds like the best way to do it.

(And as nickelodeon said, do it in two doeses, not just one)
     
    03-15-2008, 12:05 AM
  #35
Foal
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Originally Posted by My2Geldings
I could no imagine what must go thru someone's mind to even consider shooting a horse or any other animal no matter the reason.
We shot both of our old horses that had to be put down. One of them laid down and couldn't get up and one of them had incurable pneumonia (it developed to the point where she could hardly breath in about two days). Vets are expensive, and it was painless either way. But we live on a ranch--I guess our perspective on killing animals is different than most people's. There was nothing cruel in it, though. It was just faster and easier to do it ourselves. I'm sure the horses didn't care, which is the important part.
     

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