Originally Posted by gunslinger
Why are we having this conversation?
As gruesome as it sounds, it is good for this to be discussed so that people are prepared and can make a quick informed decision should they find themselves in such a situation.
I believe a gunshot is a humane and practical form of euthanasia - when done properly. I'm sure the same goes for lethal injection, I've yet to see a vet screw that up (knock on wood) but I've heard some horror stories. If I lived in a remote area where it was not 100% guaranteed that there would always be a vet around who could come out quickly, I would learn how to do the deed myself. Ahead of time, of course. You just never know, and when it comes to something like a broken leg I don't want to see the horse suffer even one minute longer than it has to.
It's also worth noting that if I wanted to bury the body on my property, I would prefer a bullet to a large amount of barbituates. Again, gruesome for some people, but the thought of having a substance that was able to take down a 1000lb animal seeping into my soil is worrysome to me. This is why it's all kinds of illegal in many areas.