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        07-16-2012, 11:56 PM
    The Unthinkable

    Two dogs attacked one of my little girls minis today. They tore her up beyond repair... I've never lost a horse in 31 years. When I found her she was still alive and she was in too bad of shape to wait for a vet to euthanize her and I had to do the job for her. It was a truly terrible day. I am posting this because I want those of you far from vet care to know this process because sometimes the wait for the vet is too long for an animal to suffer. I grew up with this horrible task on a cattle farm. Sometimes there is no greater gift you can give an animal than a quick painless end to their suffering. My process is this: .22 cal (hollow point preferred) behind one ear (high) aimed to below the opposite eye. I do prefer my pistol. It's easier to position without the animal seeing it an causing more stress. I know a lot of folks will option for larger calibers but this has worked for me many times with instant death generally before the end of the sound of the shot. I hope none of you ever need this information and pray you educate yourself in case you do. My little mares name was blondy and the sweetest animal I ever knew. I loved her very much.
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        07-16-2012, 11:59 PM
    Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry!
        07-17-2012, 12:01 AM
    Green Broke
    I'm sorry for your loss. Glad you were there to end her suffering. Mark of a horseman.
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        07-17-2012, 12:04 AM
    Thank you for giving her that last service. With ownership comes responsibility, and even those who live relatively close to a vet should have the knowledge to put a horse out of his misery should the occasion arise.
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        07-17-2012, 12:09 AM
    How horrible!!! I would find the owners of those dogs..they need to have them chained up or something sorry for your loss
        07-17-2012, 12:10 AM
    So sorry to hear that. Bless you for doing the honorable thing for her.
        07-17-2012, 12:19 AM
    I am so sorry that you experienced this, but thank you for sharing information about how to do it.
    I am close to many vets, but they also get many emergencies and cannot come right out.

    It is the responsible thing to do to end the suffering of an animal, thank you for doing that for your pony. May she rest well.
        07-17-2012, 12:39 AM
    Thank you so much for the kind words. I never knew I'd take this so hard.

    Melody I'm just as far from law enforcement as I am a vet. Just as I had to service my horse I serviced those dogs. Right or wrong... I'd do it again. Pit mix and a chow. Not the first time they've killed my stock but definitely the last.
        07-17-2012, 12:43 AM
    Josh , I would have done the very same thing ! Pits and Chows are not a good mix in my opinion anyways , who knows the next time could have been someones kid or something ! You did the right thing all the way around . You and your family will be in my prayers ! Just always remember you did the right thing and don't second guess or think "what if "
        07-17-2012, 12:56 AM
    An uncontrolled animal of any breed or species is not a good thing. I wouldn't want to be in that position, I hope I never would be - but if I had a gun (not American) I would do the same thing.
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