Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
I am going to throw this thread for a loop:
IF your horse got sick, and needed a veterinarian (since we're on the topic of death here, let's say it's because the horse can no longer live for one reason or another) would you take a (an extra) job to make sure you could pay for it?
Would this be an option for you? Rather than having the money for any emergency situation in the bank, would you do whatever it took to make sure the horse got euthanized, or would you send it to slaughter?
Another question - what if your horse got so injured that it couldn't or wouldn't be able to make it to a slaughterhouse, or an auction etc.. would you euthanize then, or contact a kill buyer directly to come and haul your horse? Or even haul it there yourself? Or would you let it die slowly and/or be in pain?
I'm just throwing that out there. If my mare got a life-threatening injury, I have the money right now and could affoard to put her down. I could also affoard to take care of a fairly hefty vet bill if that ever happened... but I had to make conscious decisions as a responsable owner to make that happen - I could have easily spent that money elsewhere, but I didn't and won't because I want to have a little nest-egg there just in case.
If Maia needed something more expensive and had a good chance of survival after treatment, I would make arrangements with the vet so I could pay it off, and I would take a second job to make it happen.
I'm not attacking anyone here, nor am I calling anyone a bad horse-owner... this is a topic that is quite interesting to me... which is odd, usually I don't even bother peeking at these threads ;)
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