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post #1 of 18 Old 05-01-2013, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Getting Put Down

I work at a big barn, about 95 horses. One of my favorites is a horse named Vaughn. He is a big, beautiful 10 year old and he is being put down tomorrow morning at 8:30am. He got injured about 6 months ago and through all of the treatment, all of his cartilage in the one leg is gone... I'm not clear on the details (to be honest, it was too hard to hear it all completely). He is a favorite due to his amazing and sweet personality.

Vaughn is adorable and friendly and so willing to please. He has been on 5 bute a day just to keep him comfortable. I know he has to be put down. I get it. I have been with quite a few horses when they get put down, but I have never known about it beforehand.

I am having trouble with such a young and amazing horse having to be put down. I know he is in pain, but he still seeks attention at all times and he is truly one of the sweetest animals I have ever met.

Has anyone ever dealt with this before? I keep crying and as a riding instructor I can't imagine it would be good to be crying in the middle of lessons tomorrow. Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 18 Old 05-01-2013, 11:13 PM
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It is very hard to see a life leaving this earth, always. When we stop caring about other living things and not missing them when we leave us, that is the time we stop being human. I am sorry for your loss, but he will be painfree and off to gallop in the clouds. Look up one day and you'll see him...
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post #3 of 18 Old 05-01-2013, 11:23 PM
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Sorry for your loss its never easy. Iv had to put down a 3 year old coliced and twisted his gut. By the time vet came back he was to far gone. Could of hauled to uofm but his chance of surviving surgery was less then 50 percent.

Opted to put him down right then and there. He went down with no fight just slipped away peacefully. Cryed for weeks couldn't eat for 5 days I was just sick over it.
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I own an elderly horse so I have opted to help with horses that were colicing and broken legs and elderly horses. It's just that he is so young and so alive that is killing me... I have never known about it beforehand.
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I am So sorry!

And yes, been there. Had an amazing 4 yo mare who hit her leg just right, got osteomyelitis, and reacted to the anesthesia when they went in to scrape it. I spent 4+ hours everyday for 4 months working on that mare, and had to put her down because we could not stop the founder.

The angels must have needed a chestnut mare for child in need, and my wonderful FM Summer Spice was it.

Vaughn is needed somewhere else, too.

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Just tell your students you lost a friend if they ask. It's true. If losing something you care about ever gets easy, you know you're in trouble. Just keep reminding yourself that he won't be hurting even another hour- it's the only comfort I know of, just to know that making the hard choice to euthanize will spare him years of constant pain and suffering, even though he bears it now with good grace.
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I'm so sorry.
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I just had to deal with this in February, my guy was only 10 but he contracted EPM and wasn't responding at all to the treatment they gave him. He was happy and eating and very much alive, if you say him just standing you'd never have known there was a problem. But he was losing control of his back legs, I was terrified he'd go down and not be able to get back up, so we had him put down. I still cry over it some days. Sending you hugs.

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post #10 of 18 Old 05-02-2013, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by greentree View Post
I am So sorry!

The angels must have needed a chestnut mare for child in need, and my wonderful FM Summer Spice was it.

Vaughn is needed somewhere else, too.


I like your view.......

It is a sad time but you will get throughout it. Let yourself grieve.
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