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post #1 of 10 Old 08-06-2012, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Foal put to sleep ;( ;(

Hi all, our darling tarmac George was put to sleep at 4 months old yesterday as he had gotten in between to mares kicking each other (I didn't actually see for my self) an the vet came and advised that it would be kinder to put in to sleep as there was a high chance of him not pulling through so his owner made the decision to do what he felt best. I'm an completely in shock, heart broken and sad to my core as this little guy was my horses little full brother and I cared for his dam and him from start right until the end :( she was so panicked when i turned up and came straight to me eyes wide and sweating through her nose I comforted her and let her say good bye but I'm wondering is there anything I can do to help her get over it? She's been put out with her herd (shes lead mare)but they all just seem to stand round her while she strands lifeless with her head Down low it's breaking my heart to see ;( I know neither were my horse but me and this mare have really bonded and through our both colts pregnancy and life she has been so gd with me letting me sit in the hay with her babies teaching them new things I feel I owe her what ever I can do to make her feel better.. Any advise would be appreciated at this time but please no rude remarks x
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post #2 of 10 Old 08-06-2012, 06:15 PM
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They just have to mourn. She will heal in time, but right now there is not much you can do, other than making sure she doesn't stop eating or drinking.

We have lost several and it is always a shock and very hard for everyone involved. There are few things worse than losing a baby.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-06-2012, 06:21 PM
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Im so sorry to hear that! I helped out on a breeding farm for a few years and had to see a couple put to sleep from accidents involving the other horses (one poor little fellow was trampled while laying down and became paralized and the other filly had her leg broken when mama gave birth and stood up to clean her off and accidentally walked on her)
It just takes time to get over it. As for mama, she will do what animals do best to survive and will move on much quicker than you or the owner i will imagine. Horses dont dwell on the past, they live in the moment. once she knows for certain that baby is not coming back she will go back to her normal way of living.

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
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Heartbreaking! Condolences.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-06-2012, 06:37 PM
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im so sorry for the loss of all involved.

the best you can do is just make sure she keeps eating and drinking, and spend time with her to keep her occupied.

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-06-2012, 06:49 PM
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Sadly i have been thru this more than my fair share of times lately, not with foals but with horses loosing their buddies. There is really nothing that you can do you just have to let them grieve in their own way. My daughters old horse is going thru this for the 3rd time (2 old pasture mates and 1 young one) and it is always the worst for her.... took her about 6 months to start acting like herself after the loss of her last buddy.
My hear goes out to you and i am so sorry that you have to go thru this
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post #7 of 10 Old 08-06-2012, 07:26 PM
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Awe how sad I am sorry for your loss

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-06-2012, 10:50 PM
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There is absolutely nothing you can do except ensure a separate mare and foal pasture in future.

I am sorry for your loss.
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post #9 of 10 Old 08-06-2012, 11:40 PM
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That's SO sad......sorry. Keep her mind occupied without making her work. Love on her.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-07-2012, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your kind replies. its going to be very hard for a while but we will all get through unfortunalely she cannot be ridden or worked as shewas sold to us as sound and actually had adamaged knee the vet advised for us to put her down but we got herstable and kept her as a broodmare she hates not being able to work as she used to be a jumper and loved it according her previous owners but then they lied to us anyway and buted her up when we got her!!

im gona take her for long walks lots of cuddles and general TLC

Thank you x
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