Putting our old fella down today. . .sad :( - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Idaho, USA
Posts: 650
• Horses: 7
Putting our old fella down today. . .sad :(

our 29+ year old QH gelding (whom we've owned almost 1 year) has been battleing chronic founder compounded by a bad mechanical founder just before we got him, for quite some time. His coffin bone is entirely torn free and "floating". After abcess after abcess, lots of lost weight, and increasingly bad arthritis in his 3 "good" legs from compensating for the bad one, we've decided it is time to let him rest.
His spirits are still good, his appetite is healthy, and he loves his pets and scratches and grooming- so it's hard to just give up! He's been on lots of Bute and then Banamine, as it seemed to give a bit more relief, for the last few days.
It is a tough choice to let him go, and my kids are SOO sad, but it is the right choice. . . So please send kind thoughts for my old "Macho".
Thanks!
payette is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 03:45 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 6,672
• Horses: 12
I've no doubt that it was a hard decision to make, but most definitely the right one. It's hard to let go of a horse and too often we keep them around for our benefits and not think about what's best for them.
Sending many good thoughts and vibes to your and your family during these hard times. But he'll be feeling no pain soon, and that's your best gift you can give him.


(((((((HUGS))))))))))

Whispering Secret Arabians
Registered Solid and Sabino Arabians
www.wsarabians.wix.com/home
WSArabians is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 03:55 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 91
• Horses: 0
My heart aches for you. I know what you are going thru. I had to put my first horse down 2 yrs ago. She was my friend for 28 of her 31 yrs.

Sending kind thoughts for you and your family

"SUCCESS is not what horse you have . . . but what you do with that horse."
DaraT is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Idaho, USA
Posts: 650
• Horses: 7
Thanks for the good wishes:) He died peacefully this afternoon after lots of loves and belly scratches, and is buried in our pasture. I'm glad he is no longer in pain.
payette is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 08-08-2010, 10:31 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Ashland, OR
Posts: 8,296
• Horses: 1
I can't even imagine how hard that must be. We haven't had to be with many older horses toward the end. We took a liking to donating them to riding programs for younger children. I wouldn't be able to handle making decisions like that.

No doubt he's happy now thouugh, running through the big grassy field that is horsie heaven :)

Lots of hugs!
Posted via Mobile Device
SorrelHorse is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 08-09-2010, 02:29 AM
Started
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 2,266
• Horses: 1
I'm so sorry for your loss. I know it is a terrible thing to have to do but you did make the right decision for your horse and ended his suffering. It was a very unselfish thing to do. Hugsssssss
sandy2u1 is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 08-09-2010, 04:18 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Montara, California
Posts: 22
• Horses: 14
I am sorry.
barquarter is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 08-09-2010, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Idaho, USA
Posts: 650
• Horses: 7
Thanks all
payette is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 08-10-2010, 06:34 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 1,412
• Horses: 1
I am very sorry. I can't imagine having to make that descion. You were very brave and unselfish to give him that gift. Sorry for your loss, all the same!

There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
PumpkinzMyBaby22 is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 08-10-2010, 06:38 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Eastern Shore of MD.
Posts: 1,320
• Horses: 8
I am very sorry for your loss. He is running pain free in an open field somewhere beyond....

*big hug*


Cocoa - 32 yr old QH, Cherokee - 8 yr old TWH & Toby - 16 yr old QH
R.I.P. Cocoa 4/13/78 - 2/9/11
kim_angel is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
fella and marley glam1 Horse Pictures 1 05-28-2010 11:05 PM
Putting a bit in, help manhirwen Horse Training 19 03-27-2009 12:18 AM
Feeding my big fella arastangrider Horse Health 7 11-26-2008 11:03 PM
Critique my Fella melinda27858 Horse Riding Critique 6 02-25-2008 08:39 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome