Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
SSH, welcome. Secondly, my condolences.
Is there a way for your horses to be in sight contact with one another, but not in the same fencing? That way, neither of them will panic if the other isn't around.
When I had to have my old guy put down, the other two were put in their stalls. However, mine was an emergency situation, and I didn't want the two uninjured ones milling around, getting in the way, or possibly hurting themselves or the people involved.
Once my boy was gone, I led his best buddy out to his body to sniff him. He stood there for a long time very quietly, then walked away. My other horse also got to see the body, but he and Conny weren't friends the way Conny and Casper had been.
Animals don't fear death the way we do. Their instincts tell them to stay alive at all costs, but once death has come, it's not a scary thing for the ones left behind.
I say if you can let his buddy see the euthing from a safe distance, it may be a calming influence on the horse being put down, as well as the horse left behind.