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post #31 of 38 Old 05-25-2013, 02:18 PM
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The way I figure it better a day to soon then a day to late. If my mare was that painfull every day and pain meds didn't work. Id put her down in a heart beat yes it would be hard to do.

We are responsible for their well being when the day comes life isn't quailty its time to say good bye. Iv put down a 3 year old coliced bad he wasn't going to make it any way I had his suffering ended.
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post #32 of 38 Old 05-25-2013, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by ZipSilkyMachine View Post
I do not feel that it his time to leave the world...His condition can definitely be maintained for the next few years if someone feels willing, but otherwise, he is about 90% pasture sound
Please think about it rationally and considerately. Sounds like what you 'feel' isnt. He's not even 'pasture sound'. Either put in the money & effort to make/keep him comfortable, assuming you can make him paddock sound, or be responsible. Don't try to pass the buck - not that I, along with others here think it likely you'll find someone rich enough to take him on & give adequate care anyway.
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post #33 of 38 Old 05-25-2013, 10:37 PM
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I agree with the other posters -- I would put him down. He is not sound. I am also surprised that a vet would recommend a riding program for him. He would be in pain and pain can result in unexpected behaviors. It's not his fault; don't "punish" him by asking him to suffer.

You don't feel that it is his time to leave? But what's important is how does HE feel? It's very easy to be selfish because we love our animals and we miss them when they aren't in our lives anymore, but being selfish isn't what love is about.
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post #34 of 38 Old 05-26-2013, 01:07 AM
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I would have him euthanised and have no hesitation in doing so.
The horse is lame. He cannot be comfortable without specialist shoes, possibly pain killers and those, on a regular dose over a period of time have adverse affects on the liver, and in the wild he would not survive.

To me it would be a kindness.
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Thanks all.. Of course this isn't something I can decide overnight, but I do see where these recommendations are completely rational and I will deliberate on it all very seriously and realistically since it is a life or death decision. I greatly appreciate the kindness and straightforwardness as well as the sympathy. Good luck to everyone else who commented about their lameness issues as well.
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post #36 of 38 Old 05-26-2013, 02:50 AM
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I am also surprised that a vet would recommend a riding program for him.
Some vets I suppose... I've been horrified to hear of a few egs of vets giving the OK to be ridden on horses that are very obviously far from up to it. Attended one old(well, found out he was only 22yo but looked ancient) horse, probably 1.5 on the henneke scale, sores all up one side, turns out girl had ridden him, he'd fallen in a ditch, there for hours before he could be dragged out.... I couldn't do his back feet because he fell over whenever *he* attempted to lift one up.... yet 2 months later when they next called me to do their feet(horse in same condition), they told me the vet had OK'd light riding!!
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post #37 of 38 Old 05-26-2013, 04:27 AM
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I do not consider a horse at the euthansia stage if he feels good enough to run around bucking kicking and playing.

I'm not sure how anyone online can make a true recommendation on what to do in your situation. They haven't seen the horse! I believe you can tell how happy a horse is by the look in their eye and their behavior. I have a severe medical condition and will probably be in daily pain for the rest of my life. Yet I'm certainly not ready to give up yet- even after 4 yrs... I'm on injections daily and have about 10 medications just to keep me going. Pain management is the key to living a tolerable life. I know this more than anyone.

My navicular mare is cleared for light riding by my vet- some light work is good for arthritis. Her abilities fit perfectly with mine. With my health problems, I need a horse I can just hop on and ride in a halter/bareback once in a great while, and still have a quiet sane horse. I cannot risk getting injured so any horse I ride absolutely needs to be quiet.

I can't spend thousands to keep her sound, not with my medical bills, but i do the best I can to keep her comfortable. As long as she is happy that is all that matters.

There is usually some demand for a therapy horse- if your horse is sane enough I would look into that.
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^^Agree with you 4horses & people have to remember that any advice here is only general personal opinion, but OP is talking about passing the horse onto someone else because they can't put in what sounds necessary. That is why I'd personally consider putting it down, if there wasn't a good chance of keeping him at least paddock sound.

The 'navicular' doesn't necessarily worry me, as with good management this should at least be manageable, if not cureable, especially if he's only 5yo. I don't have much personal experience with advanced articular ringbone, but while the damage will always be there, horses can become 'sound' - well, pain free & rideable once the joint has completely seized & calcified. Can't help wondering about the rest of the horse too... So, assuming I had the means to look after the horse properly & provide the necessary meds & such, I would give it a good go, wouldn't put him down. But if I couldn't look after him, I wouldn't leave him suffering without treatment, or pass him on unless that was guarranteed, that the new owner was prepared to put in as much effort & money as it may take, for possibly nothing more than a short term paddock ornament.
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