I have been feeding a horse in a field locally for about a year. I drive past this horse sometimes 4-8 times a day. I originally approached the owners as I thought the horse was lonely at which pont she asked if I wanted him. At the time I looked long and hard to re home him also calling in a local horse and donkey sanctuary. I wasn't successful and anyway a close friend died and so I became distracted. I just continued to feed him horse treats, apples and carrots. He was 25 and in in good condition, always very receptive with a beautiful nature. As soon as I parked my car he would saunter over and always gave me a lovely greeting sound.
I asked the owner if I could groom him, she said NO. I saw him 10 days ago and he galloped over to me and was in good shape, ate all his apples up and sauntered off. My daughter and I hadn't seen him for over a week but we ascribed this to the windy weather and thought he was just being stabled. I called her this evening and she spat, 'He's dead'" "He was making a mess of the field and was lame and anyway it was my decision." This horse was not lame, or at least was still able to gallop and seemed very happy the last time I saw him.
Are people able to put a horse down like this? I am heart broken as I really loved this horse, even if they didn't.
What kind of veterinarian would put a healthy horse down in this way?
I am gobsmacked that someone can site "messing up the field' as an excuse for destroying a horse.