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        04-11-2008, 08:36 PM
      #51
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    Gingerrr OK, well, it's you horse, I'm happy you can make decisions for it. I'm not being mean or anything, but wouldn't you just put it down?
         
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        04-11-2008, 08:39 PM
      #52
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Rachluvshorses4eva
    Gingerrr OK, well, it's you horse, I'm happy you can make decisions for it. I'm not being mean or anything, but wouldn't you just put it down?
    yes if I had that money too, but if I didn't instead of letting her suffer id send her to slaughter so she would be out of misery quick. All I was saying was if I didn't have the money, slaughter would be my answer. But if I did in fact have the money to put her down I would do it.
         
        04-11-2008, 08:40 PM
      #53
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    Just one more thing. Would you put it down yourself?
         
        04-11-2008, 08:44 PM
      #54
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Rachluvshorses4eva
    Just one more thing. Would you put it down yourself?
    no I think shooting a horse is way worse then slaughter IMO. If I had enough money to put my horse down id definitely have a vet do it the right way.
         
        04-11-2008, 10:23 PM
      #55
    Yearling
    I've heard a lot of sad stories about people trying to shoot their horse and not doing it properly as well as sad stories of it being done properly. The bad thing about shooting is that when the horse dies it dies rather violently (to the onlooker) the and it is generally extremely unpleasant for them. They really just go blank and fall. It looks terrible! Even though the horse passes without knowing any to the wiser. It is really something you wouldn't want to think of when you remember your horse.
         
        04-11-2008, 10:25 PM
      #56
    tim
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Abby
    I've heard a lot of sad stories about people trying to shoot their horse and not doing it properly as well as sad stories of it being done properly. The bad thing about shooting is that when the horse dies it dies rather violently (to the onlooker) the and it is generally extremely unpleasant for them. They really just go blank and fall. It looks terrible! Even though the horse passes without knowing any to the wiser. It is really something you wouldn't want to think of when you remember your horse.
    They still hit the ground just as hard with a lethal injection. It's not pretty either way.
         
        04-11-2008, 10:36 PM
      #57
    Showing
    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 ;)
         
        04-11-2008, 10:49 PM
      #58
    tim
    Weanling
    I don't know if I'd take an extra job but I'd definitely sell something valuable.

    I would never send my horse to slaughter for euthanization purposes. People tend to forget that in the time it takes to transport the animal, the terminal illness may very well have played itself out to a painful end. The time delay defeats the entire purpose of sending it away to be killed.

    Also, I believe that the only problem slaughter can solve is overpopulation. It's not for animals that had a cozy life with loving owners; it's for rejected, unwanted animals. You don't send your pet to slaughter -- you euthanize it. To send the horse you've cared for all your life to slaughter is to throw away everything you ever worked for. You can at least let it die in the relative comfort of its home.

    Slaughter is a mass production process. It just doesn't seem like the place to send an animal that you've poured your heart and soul into. I don't know if anyone else shares that opinion, but when I thought about it before writing this there seemed to be a black and white designation between what horses should be sent to slaughter, and what horses should be euthanized -- and I think it's based on morality and logic.

    If slaughter houses are to be defended they should be defended by their own purposes, and it seems to me that while sending an unwanted and neglected horse to slaughter has a purpose (population reduction), sending an animal that lived in comfort and peace for most of it's life has absolutely no purpose. I see no moral defense for it either, so therefore I have to conclude that there is no reason to send your pet to die at slaughter.
         
        04-11-2008, 11:02 PM
      #59
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by tim
    I don't know if I'd take an extra job but I'd definitely sell something valuable.

    I would never send my horse to slaughter for euthanization purposes. People tend to forget that in the time it takes to transport the animal, the terminal illness may very well have played itself out to a painful end. The time delay defeats the entire purpose of sending it away to be killed.

    Also, I believe that the only problem slaughter can solve is overpopulation. It's not for animals that had a cozy life with loving owners; it's for rejected, unwanted animals. You don't send your pet to slaughter -- you euthanize it. To send the horse you've cared for all your life to slaughter is to throw away everything you ever worked for. You can at least let it die in the relative comfort of its home.

    Slaughter is a mass production process. It just doesn't seem like the place to send an animal that you've poured your heart and soul into. I don't know if anyone else shares that opinion, but when I thought about it before writing this there seemed to be a black and white designation between what horses should be sent to slaughter, and what horses should be euthanized -- and I think it's based on morality and logic.

    If slaughter houses are to be defended they should be defended by their own purposes, and it seems to me that while sending an unwanted and neglected horse to slaughter has a purpose (population reduction), sending an animal that lived in comfort and peace for most of it's life has absolutely no purpose. I see no moral defense for it either, so therefore I have to conclude that there is no reason to send your pet to die at slaughter.
    Bingo.
         
        04-12-2008, 06:06 AM
      #60
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by tim
    I don't know if I'd take an extra job but I'd definitely sell something valuable.

    I would never send my horse to slaughter for euthanization purposes. People tend to forget that in the time it takes to transport the animal, the terminal illness may very well have played itself out to a painful end. The time delay defeats the entire purpose of sending it away to be killed.

    Also, I believe that the only problem slaughter can solve is overpopulation. It's not for animals that had a cozy life with loving owners; it's for rejected, unwanted animals. You don't send your pet to slaughter -- you euthanize it. To send the horse you've cared for all your life to slaughter is to throw away everything you ever worked for. You can at least let it die in the relative comfort of its home.

    Slaughter is a mass production process. It just doesn't seem like the place to send an animal that you've poured your heart and soul into. I don't know if anyone else shares that opinion, but when I thought about it before writing this there seemed to be a black and white designation between what horses should be sent to slaughter, and what horses should be euthanized -- and I think it's based on morality and logic.

    If slaughter houses are to be defended they should be defended by their own purposes, and it seems to me that while sending an unwanted and neglected horse to slaughter has a purpose (population reduction), sending an animal that lived in comfort and peace for most of it's life has absolutely no purpose. I see no moral defense for it either, so therefore I have to conclude that there is no reason to send your pet to die at slaughter.
    Totally agree!!! I would NEVER send my mare to slaughter, I think (and i'm not getting at anyone) it's horrible to send your beloved horse to die at slaughter, I couldn't bear the though of my best friend being killed then eaten! I completely agree with Kim_Angel, if you can't afford to euthanize your horse humanely you shouldn't have one. When you buy a horse, you are taking on the responsibility of looking after another life, and when it is time to say goodbye, you make sure it is as less stressful and painful as possible!

    Okay, rant over
         

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