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    01-23-2012, 10:30 PM
  #11
Trained
Hugo was like that Bubba. He was still very much bright eyed, happy and still cheeky as always. Hence so hard to make that final call. But knowing that he would always be predisposed to injury and most likely would never be even paddock sound, it wouldn't have been fair to keep him going.
As for seeing them still run around with the herd, most will. My mare tried to take off on a front leg so badly broken that it was literally swinging in the breeze.
     
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    01-23-2012, 10:31 PM
  #12
Weanling
thank you

I had just posted a message about my horse and in the back of my mind lurked what I really wanted to convey. I know I will have that decision to make.
am so sorry for your loss.
Macho`s mama
     
    01-23-2012, 10:40 PM
  #13
Trained
Very well said Kayty.

I applaud you for your level head in this hard decision.
     
    01-23-2012, 10:42 PM
  #14
Trained
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Originally Posted by dirtroadangel    
I had just posted a message about my horse and in the back of my mind lurked what I really wanted to convey. I know I will have that decision to make.
am so sorry for your loss.
Macho`s mama
Good luck in your decision. It is definitely not easy, as I said earlier, I'm usually quite a tough nut in these things, but I loved that big grey horse so **** much. Put the horse's needs before yours and you won't have the guilt xo
     
    01-23-2012, 11:01 PM
  #15
Trained
My thoughts are with you, Kayty....

I remember my Mom telling me a story about how she lamed up one of her first horses. Took it from the training barn for a trail riding competition, the mare spooked and got a branch right through one of her tendons. I don't know the details of what else happened, but it ended in her having to put the horse down.

I have been lucky in the sense of not having to really deal with putting horses down myself. The last one we had to do it with, I was still too young at age 11 to really understand. I just remember crying a lot but not understanding why I was crying; It's just that everyone else was, so I thought I should be too.

When the inevitable time comes when I will have to consider putting my old guy down, I don't know what I will do. The thought of losing him is enough to bring tears to my eyes just thinking about it, but I hope when the time does come I will be as brave as you to recognize when it is finally time to say "enough is enough."
     
    01-23-2012, 11:37 PM
  #16
Green Broke
Kayty I'm so sorry to hear of this! I have followed your journey with Hugo the whole time I've been on this forum and it's weird to say but he stole my heart even though I'm on the opposite side of the world.

I can't even imagine how difficult this decision must have been for you to make but I think you did the right thing. Think of it this way: He had an EXTRA year with you whilst you went above and beyond to get him sound again, many would not have done that. You tried everything and rest assured that no stone was left unturned.

Unfortunately, with the length of his racing career (if I remember correctly he raced until he was 7 or 8) the toll taken on his legs and joints would have been severe. Leg injuries can be a dicey game with horses - there is no option for recovery while being fully rested as no horse can ever be made to fully rest one or more legs. If there were such an option, what would the quality of life be? I know you already know this, just wanted to show some support for you during this tough time.

RIP Hugo and hugs to you Kayty.
     
    01-23-2012, 11:55 PM
  #17
Trained
Thank you so much Sarah, he stole a lot of hearts in the short time he was with us. Even up to his last few minutes, the woman who came out to help bury him was asking if we'd tried absolutely everything and is there anything else that could be done to save him, because he was too beautiful to be lost at such a young age.

I am currently going through all of his photos, and will go and get a frame and a new photo album for him. He was, is, and always will be, an amazing animal.
     
    01-24-2012, 01:38 AM
  #18
Yearling
R.I.P Hugo, I think you did right by Hugo.
My first horse had to be pts because of an inoperable nasal tumor that was blocking 95% of her left nostril and was rapidly growing, it was horrible to make that choice because the only thing that seemed wrong was that she had a cold, but it had to be done.
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    01-24-2012, 02:30 AM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
When we had our oldy put down because he was not keeping weight, had digestive and arthritis issues and winter was coming the vet that did it actually thanked us. He said the worst thing with old horses is in the middle of a blizzard in a snowbank the horse is stuck down because he's emaciated and arthritic and the owner calls the vet in a panic to have the horse poor put down.
It was a tough decision for us as well as the horse was still bright eyed and in high spirits, but post mortem the vet looked in his mouth and he had only a few teeth and I'm fairly sure a full autopsy would have shown a failing renal system too. It helped that not 12 hours after having him pts we had the first snow of the season.

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That's ultimately why I had my 30 yr old put to sleep. He would lay down and not be able to get up every now and then. We feared that when winter came he would get down in the mud/ice and be stuck and that is not how we wanted him to die. That would have been awful for everyone and especially the horse. So he ended his life in good weather with lots of treats.
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    01-24-2012, 02:44 AM
  #20
Trained
It certainly helps with your own guilt, when you know they passed away still happy and did not need to suffer. My boy got so many carrots that he's probably still feeling full up there in the big green pasture in the sky :)
     

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