Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
OP, the euthanasia injection wasn't invented as a 'solution' to the bolt in the head. Lethal chemicals have been around for many years, and veterinary science has developed ways to use them.
My guess as to why more animals are euth'd with the injection rather than the bolt gun is that owners are generally way more squeamish and think - as you do - that because they can't 'see the death happening' then maybe it doesn't hurt.
I have had one horse put down using lethal injection. My vet was kind as kind could be, he did his best but the truth is this.
My horse was scared of vets and scared of needles. His adrenaline was through the roof and so he had to be sedated before the vet could get the lethal shot in. It was not a calm and peaceful last 15 minutes of his life.
Next time, I will without hesitation have my horse put down with the bolt in the head. There will be a next time - owning animals includes that responsibility - and I want fast, fear-free, and painless. If I have the ability and knowledge to do it myself, as your trainer does - all the better. I want my horses seeing the face that they trust and feel comfortable with, not an unknown face.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.