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post #11 of 16 Old 09-08-2013, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the input. <3 It's not easy to find the right thing to say, but I'll figure out how to express my support for her using the guidelines listed here.
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post #12 of 16 Old 09-09-2013, 12:17 AM
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There will always be what ifs-always. Some things are difficult to diagnose and you are always trying to do your best. If that horse was not pasture sound and in pain, even if it was not navicular it sounds like she still did the right thing by allowing that horse to not continue suffering in daily life.
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-09-2013, 01:05 AM
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She knew the horse, and she obviously loved him, so she made the right decision. It's natural to second guess, but she owes herself the peace of letting it go.

And re: the professional...if he knew she had had the horse put down, it was really cruel to suggest he could have been helped.
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post #14 of 16 Old 09-09-2013, 06:00 AM
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If her horse was in that level of pain then she did the right thing. Its a really hard decision to make but if a horse has gotten to the point where he is in that level of pain its not fair to keep him alive to see out the 'what-ifs'.

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post #15 of 16 Old 09-09-2013, 07:42 AM
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The horse did not know and could not rationalize "maybe someday in the future I will be better." All the horse understood was at that time they were in constant pain, and not only were they were in pain, but it was in their feet which meant their chances of "fleeing" a predator/bad situation were limited as well.

There is also a saying that states its better to euthanize an animal early rather than too late. How would your friend have felt if she chased someone else's "oh I can fix that" and ended up only prolonging the pain another 3-6 months or more with no relief? I'd be more scared of that "what if" than providing the mercy of pain relief through euthanasia.

I've been discussing navicular with a farrier and vet lately because its thought to be one of the possibilities that my mare has. She has not had x-rays completed yet and right now we are holding off because she seems to be improving with the last trim so we are hopeful that the changes made then will be what she needed. But it has been pointed out to me that the x-rays do not always show issues for navicular syndrome and its only one piece of the puzzle. The vet said he has seen some that looked horrible on the x-ray but the horse was moving soundly while other horses had navicular bones that looked almost perfect on the x-ray but the horse was crippled with pain and only got relief after they did nerve blocking.

So I agree with everyone else - that "professional" did not see the horse in question and it was very cruel of him to state he could have fixed it.
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post #16 of 16 Old 09-09-2013, 09:11 AM
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As someone who had a navicular horse for eight years, if she became painfully unsound we would have put her to sleep without a second throught.

She may or may not come sound again, she has a slight 'limp' but is not lame. She is currently enjoying a life in a field with a family who adore her. But they know that if it comes to the crunch, it will happen.

As for Xrays:

Josie has medium grade navicular. She was given tildren. On xray, she should have been sound. But she was still lame. Without seeing the patient, you cannot work from xrays alone. Our farrier and vet sat together for a good hour discussing the best course of action for her, and she lasted another 4 years under saddle.
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