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horsecrazy8 10-30-2013 07:44 PM

Is this humane?
When my trainer euthanizes her horses, she uses a captive bolt gun, she draws an X an from ears to eyes, and puts it in the middle, and shoots in. She said this is more humane than the euthanasia shot, is this true, or should I report her for making horses suffer?

Show me proof that it really is humane.

Yooper 10-30-2013 08:12 PM

The American Veterinary Medical Association approves the use of a captive bolt in order to euthanize horses, ruminants, and swine. Here is a PDF of the AMVA Guidelines for Euthanasia. Look to page 35 for details on the captive bolt, under the physical methods of euthanasia.

So your trainer is not being inhumane. A properly applied hit from a captive bolt produces immediate unconsciousness. It might actually be a faster kill than an injection of Potassium chloride solution. And it doesn't require a veterinarian.

Lexiie 10-30-2013 08:14 PM

Sometimes when a horse is euthanized, they fight it. We had an old horse, who for quality of life reasons, we had put to sleep. He had to be given ace, he fought through that, and fought through the euthanasia shot. He would fall down, and try to get up, while struggling to breathe. It's not pretty.
While a gunshot seems more brutal, if it's done correctly it's honestly quicker and in a way more humane
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DancingArabian 10-30-2013 08:21 PM

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It's quicker. When done properly, the horse is dead before they hit the ground. Euthanasia can happen just as fast but it doesn't always. Even if it's done flawlessly there's always a chance that the chain of events won't be as fluid.
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jaydee 10-30-2013 08:24 PM

I have owned horses for many years - before the euthanasia injection was in use - so have had to have horses put down by the bolt method and by bullet. It was always done by an experienced person, death was instant and the horse had no idea what was happening.

Speed Racer 10-30-2013 08:25 PM

It's much more humane than waiting for chemicals to take effect. People think it's brutal because it's more traumatic for the humans to witness.

Think of it this way; if you were in horrible pain with no hope of recovering, would you rather die pretty much instantaneously or wait while the chemicals took effect, maybe needing several more injections while you were thrashing around in agony?

I know which one I'd choose, and it wouldn't be the juice.

horsecrazy8 10-30-2013 08:27 PM

I certainly hope its humane, because if it is I might choose it for my horse when his time comes.

horsecrazy8 10-30-2013 08:27 PM

I just don't want horses to suffer.

Speed Racer 10-30-2013 08:31 PM

Nobody who cares about them wants them to suffer, and it sounds like your trainer truly cares for her animals.

The next horse I put down will be by bullet.

horsecrazy8 10-30-2013 08:39 PM

Really. Than how come they invented euthanasia fluid if shooting was so humane?

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