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    12-06-2012, 04:59 PM
Originally Posted by BBBCrone    
Maybe the OP can't afford to take care of him. It's been stated a couple of times she'd have to dip into her emergency fund to euthanize.

I'm all for helping out animals when I can. I am a firmer believer in it. But my feet are also planted firmly on the ground and if I can't afford it, I can't.

OP I'm sorry this happened to you. It puts good people in an impossible situation. If you can't afford to hang on until you get him placed, I'd go with the shotgun/hand gun route. If you don't have one maybe someone you know does. Course the problem is burying him apparently and I have ZERO ideas on that. We just got a backhoe to bury ours on our property when the time came but that itself cost a pretty penny even way back when.
*He, haha. Not that I blame you for the mistake, it is mostly female posters on here!

And, yeah, it is a matter of expense. I can afford to keep him a few days and see if someone'll take him, but I can't really afford to keep him past that. I've got limited hay, no free stalls (goats due soon), and a limited amount of money for emergencies, which I don't want to dip into if I don't have to. Things tend to happen this time of year, and I'd rather not spend half my emergency fund (when it's all said and done) on a horse that isn't mine, only to have one of my own animals get sick/hurt.

I am sure I could find a shotgun if I needed to, but we rent property near an airport. The landlord has asked us not to bury any animals, and we're not allowed to set fires due to the airport. When we have smaller things die, we usually take them out to the woods and the coyotes have them gone in a day or two, but a horse and a goat are drastically different sized, of course.

This certainly wasn't really what we needed right now, haha. If it were in the summer, I'd be fine with holding him until someone could come get him, but with no shelter and not enough hay to go around, that won't work. Then again, people don't dump horses in summer, do they?
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    12-06-2012, 05:01 PM
Walk him out to the woods, shoot him, and the scavengers will do the rest. Do you think cattle farmers bury every animal that dies? Nope, they shove 'em into the woods and let nature's clean-up crew take care of 'em.
    12-06-2012, 05:03 PM
*growls* I didn't fix it fast enough!
    12-06-2012, 05:06 PM
Originally Posted by Chevaux    
Perhaps you could contact that net posse place (I'm sorry I don't know its proper name but many others here do. They're on the internet and they deal with stolen horses so if you're really lucky they might have him on their missing list). I'm sorry you find yourself in this situation - you're stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place with this one.
I'd forgotten them. I will put information up on there, but I highly doubt someone would steal this horse, as already said. Even in his prime, he wasn't anything, I can tell that. He's one of those horses bred in a backyard from mixed-breed parents.

It is a sticky situation, but, I'm sure we'll find a solution to it, haha,

Originally Posted by Corporal    
Buy some chain and a combination or keyed lock for EVERY GATE. I have locks on ALL of my outside gates. I am planning on adding chains and locks to the insides of all of my 6 exterior gates, where the gate connects to the wooden post, to padlock THEM, too. NOBODY can just throw a horse into my turnout lots, OR steal my horses.
I even found combo locks that have identical combinations, so I have pairs with same.
Poor you. Poor horse. SO sorry for your dilemma. =(
That is certainly something I plan on doing now! The best I can figure, is that they let him in through the (only) gate that is along the road, as we'd of probably heard them if they'd gone to any of the others. How they got him in there without waking up someone or letting a herd of goats out, I don't know.

Padlocks would probably stop the bigger animals, although it hasn't little ones before. We actually had someone slow down, get out, and actually toss a young goat over the fence once. Winter's always a question of, "What will we end up with this year?", haha.

Originally Posted by Tianimalz    
You sound like you're in a rural area, is there no one around that has a gun and tractor you could borrow? I've never had to bury/dispose of a body before, so I'm afraid I have little helpful advice.

It is and it isn't rural. We have neighbors (a half-mile down the road) and behind us there is 70 acres of woods, but we also have an airport behind us and a major road 500 yards away from us. I think we probably end up with more stuff than most people, as you can see we have animals from the free way near us.

A gun we could borrow, but we're not allowed to bury or burn on our property, unfortunately. :/

Originally Posted by Conway    
Burning could be a possibility but I don't know what type of area you are in.

We have had to use a backhoe as well when a horse died or was put down.

Is there any way you can call the local humane society? Tell them it was dumped and that if they don't take it your going to euth it. Or if they can possibly take it to euth and dispose of properly?
Fire's out, due to the airport not allowing fires being burnt near it. I will try the humane society, but I already know what they're going to say - that they only take dogs and cats, and can't help with farm animals.
    12-06-2012, 05:08 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Walk him out to the woods, shoot him, and the scavengers will do the rest. Do you think cattle farmers bury every animal that dies? Nope, they shove 'em into the woods and let nature's clean-up crew take care of 'em.
We take all our smaller animals out there, but we try to avoid bigger things, as it takes forever for them to be gotten rid of, and we share the woods with two of our neighbors.

If all else fails though, this does seem like my best option at this point.

Originally Posted by BBBCrone    
*growls* I didn't fix it fast enough!

Haha, it's more than okay!
    12-06-2012, 05:10 PM
Where are you located? I work for a rescue and may know of one in your area.
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    12-06-2012, 05:11 PM
Dinner time (I'm like an old man, eating at four). I will be back this evening with pictures and hopefully an answer, haha.
    12-06-2012, 05:11 PM
Originally Posted by countrylove    
Where are you located? I work for a rescue and may know of one in your area.
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South-west Michigan.
    12-06-2012, 05:12 PM
Anything you can do would help. If I had a goat thrown in my pasture, I'd figure out how to butcher it--NO loss.
I sincerely hope you can solve this soon. Too bad you can't move. I CAN burn, shoot and bury, and I'm on the edge of a tiny town.
    12-06-2012, 05:25 PM
This will be something that will occur more frequently in the months ahead. More and more people are becoming strapped for cash and will be forced to abandon their animals. I wish you luck in finding this guy a new home or putting an end to his misery.
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