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post #21 of 56 Old 11-06-2010, 02:23 AM
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I don't disagree with it much either, being shot is very humane. It doesn't require any travel like it does for slaughter houses, it's just bam on the spot. And the horse is dead it won't care that it's being fed to cats. It'll be up whereever horses go when they die doing his little horse things Don't let that worry you. If it weren't cannibalism I'd say shoot me when I get old and feed me to others, I don't care. :P
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post #22 of 56 Old 11-06-2010, 02:33 AM
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Just be thankful that they don't throw a LIVE horse in there lol
BTW- my vet will shoot a horse in the forehead if you want him to and can't afford the euthanasia shot. We talked about it with him a few weeks ago when my horse was colicing. Although I choose the shot because my mare was already sedated.
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^^Agreed
And a side note for the OP, if the bullet would hurt the animals then don't you think that hunters would be harmed by eating the meat from the animals they shot?
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Just be thankful that they don't throw a LIVE horse in there lol
BTW- my vet will shoot a horse in the forehead if you want him to and can't afford the euthanasia shot. We talked about it with him a few weeks ago when my horse was colicing. Although I choose the shot because my mare was already sedated.
It's not as much of a big deal now with all the sedation they do, but technically an overdose of barbiturates is a pretty awful way to die as it causes a mass heart attack. Without sedation and anesthesia, many horses will fight what is happening to them with both the fall and thrashing afterwards being very violent.

A point blank shot to the forehead will likely ALWAYS be the "most" humane way to quickly kill any creature. A lot of people associate it with violence but it's just not true - I mean, what sounds better? Immediate death of all consciousness and awareness by brain death, or depression of the nervous system to the point of failure by all major organs resulting in cardiac arrest? Euthanasia is obviously next quickest, but it just makes me wonder how people can assume that death by bullet is not quick and instant. I think humans are too obsessed with the placebo effect where if WE think it LOOKS violent, we assume it must be painful and don't bother thinking otherwise.

BTW, so sorry you lost your horse to colic. Never an easy decision to make!

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^^I don't know if it's so much that they think it's painful, cause me I couldn't shoot my own horse I would have to get someone else to do it. But also I'd like to be right by my horse petting it and comforting it. And it'd be kinda dangerous to be near the horse when It's about to be shot right? Which is why I think people might choose euthanasia as well. And you always need to bring comfort to anything when it's about to die, don't let it feel alone. But that's just my thoughts. I know animals don't fear death, but it always gives us humans peace of mind to be right there beside em as they die.
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I guess it is morrally fine...but I could'nt watch it...

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^^It'd be hard, yes. But I'd rather me be the last person my horse sees. I'd rather my horse see me comforting it rather than just standing back and looking away.
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^^It'd be hard, yes. But I'd rather me be the last person my horse sees. I'd rather my horse see me comforting it rather than just standing back and looking away.
Oh,sorry kate! I was reffering to the main thread topic about the horse head.

I agree with you about the "putting your horse down" topic though:)

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Katesrider, you can't always be right next to your horse's head when they euthanize it either. If the horse is still up they can leap forward, convulse, etc. It can actually be very dangerous.

We've done both. Dad shot his horse (Red) and he went right down. Flame was already down and couldn't get up. Mom didn't want her shot, so we called the vet. I sat on the ground with her head in my lap when the vet injected her. It was extremely quick and appeared to be very painless. She was ready to go though. It really is personal preference, but people should be aware that a correctly placed shot is painless to the animal.
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post #30 of 56 Old 11-06-2010, 02:47 PM
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Sounds much nicer and more humane for the horses than slaughter house death.
Definitely not so nice to throw a full horse head to the cats in front of children, though...I would have been traumatized if I'd seen that as a kid.
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