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        04-04-2013, 12:38 PM
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    Weanling
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    And hopefully by then my daughter will be so wrapped up in her college life that it will make the loss just a tad easier for her.
    No, nothing will ever make it easier. To assume such a thing is just ridiculous.
    I just lost my beloved horse and even though I'm in university full time with a full time job, the loss was just as heart-breaking and devastating as ever. Just because there are other things going on in a person's life does not mean that a loss like that would ever be "easier".

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        04-04-2013, 12:42 PM
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    No, nothing will ever make it easier. To assume such a thing is just ridiculous.
    I just lost my beloved horse and even though I'm in university full time with a full time job, the loss was just as heart-breaking and devastating as ever. Just because there are other things going on in a person's life does not mean that a loss like that would ever be "easier".

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    She has already dealt with the loss of 4 other horses, including her 3 year old horse that she raised from birth. She has accepted the fast that the old mare will not be around forever and the way that my daughter deals with it is by keeping very busy.... might not be everyone's cup of tea but it works for her. So being in college will keep her busy and that in its own way will make it easier for her.

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        04-04-2013, 12:49 PM
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    It is because of us humans that horses are living to be older. In the wild their life span is much shorter. And when they do start to become weaker, they are put to the bottom of the herd in the hierarchy and mother nature ends up taking it's course.

    We make them live longer and do things that are stressful and un-natural to them. So I think it is also our duty to recognize when they are deteriorating and suffering, even if they are one of those that try not to show it. We need to let them go for them, not for us.
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        04-04-2013, 01:12 PM
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    Showing
    If you have the land, have him walked to near the hole then have him shot or euthanized. I opted for a well placed bullet. Let the men look after it. We women are inclined to be haunted by what we see.
         
        04-04-2013, 03:42 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Leap of faith- are you going to discuss this with her before hand? She needs to be able to say goodbye before you put the horse down. I would never forgive my parents if they put my horse down without giving me the chance to say goodbye first (excluding some drastic injury or illness/ severe colic and that I couldn't make it home in time). If she is going to college, maybe she should get to decide when the right time is.

    At that age the horse could die instantly and there would be no need to plan on putting her down. I know lots of people would rather put the horse down than wait, but if the horse is still maintaining her weight going into winter (and still able to get up with no issues), then I would give the horse another year. I worked with a horse retirement home and some of those horses lived up til their late 30's to early 40's. The funny thing was you could not look at the horses and tell who you would loose next. Sometimes it was the horses who were of good weight and looked perfectly fine who would pass in the night. The easiest ones were the ones that started rapidly loosing weight. Once that happened you couldn't get weight on them no matter what you fed them.
         
        04-04-2013, 04:02 PM
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    I have a 26 year old mare she's still sound and healthy. When she gets to were she can't keep good weight. Or she in pain from lameness ill have her put down she won't be left to suffer.

    She's been my riding partner for 23 years I owe it to her to end her suffering when that day comes. I know when that day comes ill be a emotional mess but will get through it.
         

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