Originally Posted by CheyRider
Do you use a chemical that makes the horse suffocate in the US?
I'm asking because in Germany, there are two ways to euthanize a horse with chemicals. Option 1 used to be the norm and involves a shot that would paralyze the muscles, making the horse suffocate. They are given a narcotic first to make them sleep (doesn't always work from what I read).
Option 2 is what I would use. It's basically an overdose of a narcotic, so they go to sleep just like for a surgery and then they just don't wake up any more. I think it's more expensive to do it this way, but as humane as it can get. I'd prefer to have a horse shot rather than use Option 1, it must be horrible trying to breathe but not being able to, and who knows how aware they are of what's happening even when the narcotic works and they do sleep through it.
CheyRider, are you sure??
I have NEVER heard of the suffocation method, nor seen it practised. Nor do I know any vet that would allow a horse to "suffocate" through paralysis of the muscles.
If possible, I would take my horse to the knacker's yard.
You can't always time, or expect what is going to happen. If a horse breaks its leg hacking out, or jumping a XCountry course, what ever is at hand.
If a horse goes down in the field, and the vet is on hand? (we were fortunate that day) then sure.
But I have seen a planned euth.. NOT pretty. More than one, to be honest. One in particular sticks in my mind and I wouldn't wish that on any creature, or owner.