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post #1 of 17 Old 04-13-2011, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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What happens with a horse when he is put down?

What happens with a horse when he is put down? I mean with his body. Do vets take him away or can he be burried at home?

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post #2 of 17 Old 04-13-2011, 09:20 AM
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In the US, each town or state has their own laws governing the disposal of livestock. When I lived in PA, we had to take the carcass to a rendering plant but in SC I believe, and I'm not really positive of this, we can bury them on our property. I know that the vets do not take them away.

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In my neck of the woods there are no rendering companies that will take horses anymore.
The options are very limited as it is not legal to bury horses on your own land (though many people do it).
The most common is paying someone to truck it to the landfill.

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In my area you can bury them on your land; or pay to have the carcass hauled away, the landfill will not accept livestock.

Another option, though it is distasteful to some people, is that if you have a hunt club near you, they may take the carcass from you for meat. However, the horse has to have died by natural causes or shot; if it is put down by injection the meat can not be used.
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I think feeding them to the hounds is a great idea. Glad you mentioned that one, Maura, I had forgotten it.
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We can bury them where I live. If they should change the law we have a big cat rescue nearby that I would donate to.
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In Texas you can bury them on your property. My BO has two of her horses buried in beautiful serene spots on her property.

Only thing is, it has to be a very big and very deep hole dug using farm equipment.

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You are not allowed to bury them on private land, however the vet will "leave you to dispose of them". My old Black horse is burried on a hill behind my house. I'm hoping to place a flowering tree over him in the next year or so.

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You are not allowed to bury them on private land, however the vet will "leave you to dispose of them". My old Black horse is burried on a hill behind my house. I'm hoping to place a flowering tree over him in the next year or so.
Hmmm, this made me try and check the validity of my statement and to be honest, I can neither confirm or deny!

Only thing I found is this link from the human society which lists the laws state by state. Under Texas it says "we are not aware of any laws that apply specifically to the disposal of horse remains."

Humane Horse Remains Disposal : The Humane Society of the United States

Other sites say that it varies county by county.

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Sarah, some areas have laws regarding the size (usually in pounds) of what can be buried on one's property.
I do not believe the laws in my area say that you can not bury a horse. They say you can not bury anything over a certain size (though I have not looked the law up recently).

There is a risk to the water table if a large animal is not buried properly.
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