To reply on the subject of unnecessary euthanasia
These were farmers, no poverty, no other ailments with the horse, just the unnecessary ending of horse's life, because it was messing up a field, a really valid reason for ending a horses life, NOT.
Yes, I agree I should have taken the horse when he was offered to me. But obviously some of you haven't read my initial post, very carefully, a VERY close friend died at this time. Great lack of empathy from you 'horse lovers'! Ha!
You won't find empathy. Just the facts of life.
This isn't Disney world.
Sorry you had an attachment with a horse that was euthanized. I'm sure it was a big shock to you in addition to losing a close firend. But there's always 2 sides to a story and unless I can hear both sides, there's not much else to say other than it was her horse to do with what she wants. Unless, of course, it's being abused and the authorities are called in.
Hey Gillycat, I saw your other thread and the ensuing debate. I think you are a very well meaning individual who is genuinely upset at the loss of an animal. We fall as hard for animals as we do for people in many ways; I have done the same myself. I fell in love with a dog that belonged to someone else once. The dog was stolen last year and I think I was just as heartbroken as the owner, so I understand the feeling of loss, even when it isn't an animal of your own.
I think *if* the story is precisely as you have related, that is, the horse was PTS because he was a messy nuisance for the owner, yes that is indeed tragic. HOWEVER, I have also seen more than one horse go from a picture of health one day, to having a leg swinging loosely held by skin the very next. I have seen horses that have colicked and died overnight. I have seen a horse that cut it's own hoof off at the fetlock accidentally. The very day before I had been riding her.
With horses, you never know.
I understand that you couldn't take the horse on personally - it is an enormous responsibility. The harsh reality of the situation is that many many horses are sold at auctions and slaughterhouses each year because there are too many horses and not enough homes. In reality, being euthanised was the most painless and dignified end he could have had, as sad as that might be to you right now.
How do you know poverty wasn't an issue ? How do you know that there was no ailments of the horse ?
And I am sorry to hear your close friend died BUT, I also have lost friends and family, but I don't not take care of my animals/sell them. If I wanted to get a dog or horse, and a friend died, I would probably still get the animal to give myself something to do. And what did you want people to say in reply to you ?if you want someone to talk too about your friend, go to a grief/mourning forum not a horse forum.
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My father died in July, yet I had to keep on living and caring for my animals.
What does a loved one dying have to do with taking on a horse you were offered?
As has been stated by others, you don't know for certain why this horse was put down. You're only speculating.
There are worse things that can happen to an animal than a quiet euthanasia at home among familiar people and places.
In the world we live in, there are many things we fInd unjust. As a horse owner I can tell you that it's my decision if I choose to put my horses down. If it comes to that, I and I alone will make that decision. Not someone who has loved them from the edge of the fence, that's just life.
I realize you were attached, but it was NOT your horse, and this is a fact you have to live with. I'm sorry you are hurt, but moving on is the best thing you can do.
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Look. Your initial post was closed. You did not find the support you wanted, so you open another post to try and get it based on "cruelty"?
I know we are supposed to "be nice" since you are new here, but frankly you are getting on my nerves with your total refusal to understand that you, no matter what you think, DO NOT KNOW THE WHOLE STORY, NOR IS IT OWED TO YOU!
Hopefully the mods will be along shortly and close this thread also. Like they say on another Forum I frequent...."I hear the helos circling......"
My suggestion to you would be READ MORE-POST LESS. You are new here. You may learn something.
I can understand your reasoning for thinking that the horse was unecessarily put down but can you be 100% sure?
She could have been very upset and said something along those lines spur of the moment. or it could have been something someone else had told her about the horse and she got defensive when you called her and that popped into her head. theres so many differentials to what could have happened.
dont be to quick to judge...maybe give it awhile and then go talk face to face to see what really went on... but dont forget, it was HER horse, not yours that was put down and she was within her right. maybe she really didnt want it but couldnt sell it...maybe she had to pts because she could not find a better home for it. people take their horses to slaughter everyday because they can no longer take care of them or cannot find a home, you said this horse was 25? not alot of people are gonna buy a 25yr old horse, especially if he had something going on that you couldnt see.
my mare has navicular syndrom in all four legs, but you cant tell because she still goes out and plays ruff and chases my cows every day...but you cant ride her without her going lame... its not always cut and dry, black and white, there could have been SERIOUS health issues with that horse.
I think everything there was to be said was said in the first thread. With that, I'm closing this.
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