Originally Posted by mystykat
Can someone please describe how the horses drop from a properly executed shot? Is it similar to lethal injection without sedation? Or is it quick?
Is it normal for vets to not sedate first? If so maybe a gunshot would be plain better.
When we put down our pony she pretty much went down right away. There was some twitching from residual nervous signals, but we're almost 100% positive that she was dead before she hit the ground, and if not, the person we had take the shot did two more right after she fell to make sure she didn't suffer.
As far as I've heard for sedation, that depends on the vet, but if you'd prefer euthanasia by injection, you can always specifically ask for sedation beforehand.