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post #1 of 16 Old 07-07-2014, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Lied to about horse death?!

Hey guys, so it looks like I was lied to! I thought Java getting the flu and needing to be euthanized seemed a little strange to me so I did some digging with his previous owners and they did some research too. As it turns out, Java died in the fall of 2013. How? I don't know, but he died all alone and they didn't find him for days. His owner put his herd of horses in a mountain pasture in May and periodically checked on them. He noticed Java missing and searched for days before he found him, dead, in the trees. He doesn't know if he was kicked by another horse or if he was attacked by a wild animal. He never told me what condition he was in when he found him, but he thought the flu would be an easier way to say it than that he died alone in the woods, in lord knows what amount of pain. How do I deal with this?!
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-07-2014, 05:49 PM
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Unfortunately what is done is done. You can't bring Java back and that is difficult. Try not to be too angry with his old owners. They did lie to you but it was to protect your feelings. Unfortunately, horses can get themselves into trouble no matter the situation. He could have been in a field with other horses or in the most plush of stalls and he still could have passed away. I would not jump to blame the old owner for bad care when it could have just been bad luck.
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I know, I'm not necessarily blaming the owners.. He was just special, you know? He should have died peacefully with pats and love at the age of 30, not alone and in pain at 13. It's just hard to take in.
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If no one knows the real circumstances of the animal's death then who knows if the horse didnt die quickly with no recourse.? For all we really know the horse was struck by lightning and died instantly. So I wouldnt speculate on the wrost of the worse scenerio. (I know its hard not to). Try to think of it this way. He was in a feild with his horsey buddies not nessesarily "alone". Sorry you lost your freind.

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post #5 of 16 Old 07-08-2014, 02:53 AM
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who is Java? is this a horse you owned and boarded at the time of his death, or had already sold? I am sorry that I don't know the back story.
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post #6 of 16 Old 07-08-2014, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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It took them 4 days to find his body. He wasn't anywhere near his buddies. I know so many things could happen, its just hard not to jump to conclusions.

Tinyliny, I had told him in 2012 due to my father being sick and having less time to spend with him.. But I kept tabs on him and had an agreement to ship him from Nova Scotia to Alberta this fall.
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In 4 days a herd can move..

That is part of selling. Even a good home may do something you don't agree with.

Stuff does happen. There's nothing you can do. You will learn to accept it in time. It may always be a sore spot.

I'm sorry :(
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post #8 of 16 Old 07-08-2014, 12:47 PM
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I agree with rookie. What's done is done. You can't go back. You'll drive yourself insane thinking about "what if". There are many people/animals who deserve a long healthy life who are cut short. There are many people who don't deserve a long life who live way beyond. That's just the way the cookie crumbles!
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-08-2014, 01:55 PM
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OK, tough love one knows how he died? So why paint the bleakest picture that there is?

He dies alone in the woods! Well you know that wouldn't of been an issue for him if that happened, it's kind of what animals often do. I get beating yourself up, I still have this huge knot of guilt that my old dog Muttley walked out into a storm and laid down and died, I would rather that I had let him go before that. I can't go back and change it, but I have t take some comfort in that it was his choice.

Ok your boy was young, so the good thing was he went in his prime, not having to suffer the aches and pains of age. Animals live in the minute, they don't think like we do, so he would not have regrets.

As you have no facts the best thing you can do is write the story with a quick ending, as long as it was sudden an pain free it doesn't matter how he went.
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post #10 of 16 Old 07-09-2014, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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I know that, but I don't think it was pain free. He said he was healthy and he thinks it may have been a kick from another horse.. Can a horse die instantly and painlessly that way?
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