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    10-29-2012, 01:13 PM
Knowing its time

Hi all,
Well, my family has been faced with the fact it may be time to say goodbye to our beloved pasture pet.
We got him 2years ago from 2years of being in a stall. Wormed him (had a huge wormcount) brought his weight up, and now he has just become a pet. I've noticed though, he's lost that spark. He doesn't move very much, doesn't seem happy anymore, and he ditched the herd. We have two herds on our property now, our 4 riding horses, then him in his herd of 1. He wont greet us anymore either, he use to be a love sponge, now he will only come up if you have carrots.

Im getting the gut feeling that its time, and it would be unfair to make him go through this winter. We're breaking the news to my dad (he doesn't know yet) this evening. Then we're taking Braveheart to the vet to get their opinion.

How did you guys know it was time? And how did you deal with it?
Im currently crying my eyes out, and planning on bringing a box of tissues to english class because I KNOW their going to ask.

Sorry for the sad post :( Also, he's a 23yr TB exracehorse

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    10-29-2012, 01:24 PM
I am so sorry. It's a tough decision that only you can make.

If he vet checks so there is nothing else going on, I think I would make the same decision that you are making. Quality of life is a very important consideration.
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    10-29-2012, 01:39 PM
I jusr realized the computer messed up and put this in horse training. Ill repost it in horse talk.

Alex, it certainly is tough. I just want to make sure Im thinking of his needs over ours


I moved to horse health. Always best to ask a mod to move rather than double post a thread.
    10-29-2012, 01:49 PM
Green Broke
Always a tough call, but winters can be harsh & knowing the older horses sometimes have pain issues-we don't want to make them suffer or see them go downhill from having a happy life. Hugs & kind thoughts coming your way.
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    10-29-2012, 02:08 PM
Thank you cacowgirl, its breaking my heart but im just happy we were able to give him a good retirement home

I've now had to redo my makeup 3 times. Considering taking it all off
    10-29-2012, 03:08 PM
I went out to check on him and noticed his body condition was worse than normal. He's never been plump but he looks like those rescued horses that were starved.
    10-29-2012, 08:03 PM
Green Broke
When a herd animal starts staying by itself, things are not good. Have you taken his temperature? That is the first thing I do with a sick animal.

Yes.. get a vet to look at him. It could be any number of things and yes.. it may be time considering his condition and his age.

Sorry for this. It is never easy.
    10-29-2012, 08:12 PM
Yes, he is severly under weight, Its time to do something. Call the vet.
So sorry you have to go through this, Very sad, but you don't want him to suffer. At least he had someone like you to care for him the last couple years. Keep your chin up.. hugs to you
    10-29-2012, 08:29 PM
It certainly seems that it is at least time for the vet. Let us know how things go.
    10-29-2012, 08:47 PM
Thanks everyone. I talked to my dad tonight (its his say) and he asked me to up his grain and give him a joint supplement and see if he improves. If nothing changes then we'll take him to the vet. I wish I could take him sooner but like I said, its his say.

How long should I wait until I know it wont get better?

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