Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
The terrible decision, vets bills and when they become too much.
Thankfully, I have not been in this position with a horse, but I was recently with my much loved dog who likely has a brain tumor. It has led me to wonder when I would call it with a horse, if he was in the same position.
With my dog, it was going to cost thousands just to diagnose him, and that does not even start the treatment, until my hubby and I realized that we are not benefitting him to keep him in a crate at a vet hospital while he feels scared and alone (he is blind and having seizures) just so that we can know what is wrong with him. And how much would it benefit him to have the brain surgery as we already know in our hearts and his symptoms that he likely has a brain tumor. So we have decided to do nothing that would cause him any stress and let him live the rest of his life without rules (except for eating the cat litter, that is still a no no).
At my barn last year, they had a horse that broke its pelvis, they chose to keep it on stall rest for a long time and when it finally healed, it had healed in the wrong position, so they euthanized the horse. I do not point fingers at their choice as it was a hard one, but the horse ended up in pain for 6 months to be euthanized.
I know that there is no right answer, as so often it could turn out well, and there is no crystal ball to predict the future. But where is your line, and what would you do?