Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Taxidermying a horse would cost you a boatload of money, and it's impractical. Besides, they use just the hide and nothing else, so it wouldn't really be your whole horse.
You can have the body cremated, but again, it's expensive.
Take some tail hair and have a bracelet, necklace, or earrings made with the hair. There's also horse hair pottery.
Make a shadow box with a braid of tail hair, her halter, a few pictures, and maybe a poem that means something to you.
If the animal will be buried, have a marble place marker made for the grave. SmartPak sells them and they're not expensive.
If your vet is encouraging you to put her down, I'd listen to him. Vets don't advise euthanasia lightly, and your mare is suffering.
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