Putting down one of a bonded pair
A few months ago I took in a pair of miniatures from a lady who was moving. This is a mother son pair that are very closely bonded. They get very upset if separated by more than a few feet. Problem is they are horribly foundered and their feet were severely neglected. The older mare’s hooves are twisted so she walks on the outside of her feet and you can see that she tries to carry most of her weight on her front legs.
Lately shes gotten quite thin and spends most of her days laying down. I’m just sick about these poor little things.
My farrier said the mare’s feet, are beyond help and of course she’s in pain. My vet agrees. The younger one is better and we believe with regular maintenance will be ok. I have other horses and one other miniature. I keep the pair separated to avoid them being pushed around, fighting for food etc.
Sounds terrible, I know, but we had to wait till the ground thawed, before we could even think about putting her down, but now here we are. My question is what can I do to help the younger one so it’s not so traumatic for him. Until he can be more mobile I don’t want him out with the others.
Am I being overly sensitive about this little guy? Never seen a pair bonded like these two are. Would putting the other mini in help?
Thanks for any advice!