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post #1 of 3 Old 07-11-2011, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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what sort of future does our mare have? :(

We recently aquired a 11 year old Fewspot apaloosa mare from someone on our yard. She was abandoned about 2 weeks after arriving and we took her on with our 5 other horses. Problem is, shes permanently lame in her front right leg. The vet has checked her, as has the farrier and believes it to be the result of an old injury, possibly having had a metal rod or plate put in which she has now outgrown.
Obviously, since we never intended getting another horse, the costs involved in getting her leg repaired are far beyond our reach. She in uninsurable due to her current state and as a consequence no-one is interested in taking her on as a companion and we can't seem to get any help from the local charities, who believe it would simply be fairer to have her put down.
It's such a shame! She's a beautiful mare with an amazing temperament. She is currently companion to our 35 year old mare and lives out with her year round - they never leave each others side, so she's obviously a proven companion. The vet and farrier have both claimed she is in no obvious pain with her leg (they reckon that she walks too strong and confidently for it to hurt her, else she would hobble round like an invalid). Also, they think that provided she could take the weight theres no reason she couldn't be put in foal. But because of her leg no-one is willing to take the time or the chance on her!
With the 5 we already have and winter only a few months away, my aunt and uncle have begun to talk about having her put down as costs are spiralling and no-one has shown any interest. But she's such a wonderful mare and i would be devastated to see her put down! Any advice or help please? Have any of you been in a similar position?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-11-2011, 09:34 AM
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Some what similiar. I know a school master horse that has a mysterious lameness. Everything has been done (including surgery) and he is still lame. No one wants to put him down because he is loved by so many. He is sort of the barn mascott, so the owner has decided to just turn him out and let him live out his days. The problem with that is, I dont think he is that happy being turned out all the time. He always wants to come back in and seems to be in pain. So in that case, I would decide to have the horse put down.

However, if your horse seems to be comfortable and happy, there's no reason why she can't be kept alive. As far as breeding her, you would def have to ask your vet again, and probably get a second opinion on it too. This is a touchy subject to people and ultimately is the owner's decision to make on whether to put the horse down.
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-11-2011, 09:41 AM
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There are worse fates for a permanently lame animal than being humanely euthed.

There are thousands of horses out there with amazing temperaments so that's no reason to keep this one alive, especially if you don't have the funds to make her comfortable.

Unless you personally can take on her long term care and be willing to continually shell out money on a horse that's nothing more than a pasture pet, then I think putting her down may be her best option.

I think putting a crippled mare in foal is cruel because the more weight you put on that damaged leg, the worse it'll be for her.

Aside from the obvious emotional attachment you seem to have, there's really no reason to keep this mare on the feed bill.

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