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post #81 of 84 Old 02-25-2013, 05:53 PM
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I've only ever had one horse done by chemicals, and that's because the glaring idiot of a cop said he was too close to a major highway to shoot, but I've seen them shoot deer IN TOWN and not stop traffic, so it was complete BS. He went quiet, but it's not always the case.
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post #82 of 84 Old 02-25-2013, 05:56 PM
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My next one will be shot and picked up by a rendering company. My heart horse is buried on the farm, but I'm having a hard time justifying burying any more large carcasses.

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post #83 of 84 Old 02-25-2013, 09:09 PM
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Originally Posted by G8tdh0rse View Post
The ones I have assisted with went quick and easy. That is the goal which ever way it is done. My vet gives an agent that puts the horse to sleep like the stuff they give you in surgery, then he gives an agent that stops the heart. There is no poison to contaminate anything.
So I wanted to research to be sure, but:

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Benzodiazepines are used in veterinary practice in the treatment of various disorders and conditions..... for induction of anesthesia and as adjuncts to anesthesia.[149][152]

Funny thing about Benzodiazepines (and the thing I wanted to check for sure: "On June 25, 2009 American recording artist and entertainer Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home "

Both courtesy of Wiki by the way, but we researched Michael Jackson as part of Death Investigations in College. He was taking Lorazepam, which I've been prescribed in the past. If you've read the warning statement that comes with that drug, you'd probably be a little more hesitant to let it sit in the field for 'Nature" and the wild animals to dispose of. I'm pretty sure it IS poisonous considering it can cause liver or kidney failure, or:

" Other adverse effects include confusion, ataxia, anterograde amnesia and hangover effects. With long-term use of benzodiazepines, it is unclear whether cognitive impairments fully return to normal after cessation of therapy; cognitive deficits persist for at least six months after withdrawal, but longer than six months may be required for recovery of cognitive function. Lorazepam appears to have more profound adverse effects on memory than other benzodiazepines; it impairs both explicit and implicit memory"

Due to it's original intended purpose, it also causes: "sedative/hypnotic, muscle relaxant, anxiolytic, amnesic, and anticonvulsant"...

It should not be taken by the pregnant or elderly, and seeing as how no one would be monitoring who ate the dead horse.....

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post #84 of 84 Old 02-25-2013, 09:16 PM
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Euthanasia drugs are usually composed of barbiturates and potassium. The barbiturate is the drug that will kill wildlife. Tranquilizers may be used as sedatives before the actual euthanasia drugs are used.

I was made aware of the danger of leaving euthanized carcasses laying around when reading about a veterinarian that was fined $20,000 after he put down a cow and left it around. The next day, two bald eagles were found next to the dead cow. He was fined for killing the eagles. The farmer was not held liable because he was not aware of the danger and the veterinarian should have warned him.

I won't inject a horse to put it down unless there is a burial plan. Preferably a hole is dug and a backhoe is sitting there waiting to finish the job.

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