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.