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post #11 of 16 Old 09-20-2013, 01:42 PM
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I can't forsee the next 30 years, obviously, but I am going to try my damndest to make sure my boy stays with me through thick and thin. If things come to a point where he is not riding sound and I cannot afford to keep him, I will have him humanely euthanized. I will probably have him euthanized via injection, but if all I can afford is a bullet then so be it. His body will be disposed of appropriately... I want to preserve a part of him permanantly, be it hide or skull or one of those hoof inkwells.

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post #12 of 16 Old 09-20-2013, 01:58 PM
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Iv been through many horses in my life time had 2 that i know went to slaughter...i was ok with that. Also have had quite a few put down by injection.

Had a 3 year old who coliced badly twisted his gut but by the time it was discovered it was to late.... he was shot. A twenty two magnum does the job. Have shot 3 horses and all were dead before they hit the ground.

My old mare will be shot when her time comes its fast and they never know what hit them. Helps to have someone whos a good aim which my hubby is.

My old gal will be buried on our place already know where she will be put to rest. Would never send her to slaughter though she deserves better then that.....has given many good years or riding and being my partner.
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-20-2013, 02:05 PM
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When the time comes to put my horse down, I will be taking them to the big cat sanctuary close by. That way, their lives can continue to serve a purpose.

This will be hard for me to do with Selena, but luckily I have a long time coming to wait for that. One thing is for certain, I will be saving tail hair to make bracelets.

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post #14 of 16 Old 09-20-2013, 07:48 PM
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My horse Anne will be with me till the end of her days. As the plan stands now, there's over a hundred acres of cow pasture in orlando with her name on it when she's ready to retire. When she does pass away, I'll be taking hair from her mane and tail, well pick her up with the forklift, and take her out to the bone yard where the hogs, carrion birds and coyote can have their share. It's where we drop the cows that pass away, dogs are really the only thing we bury.

But any horse that ends up with me for life has the same retirement plan. Any horse that has to be pts, or who dies with me will go out to the bone yard. It's a rough way of things, but we have the tools, so it doesn't cost us
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post #15 of 16 Old 09-20-2013, 08:10 PM
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My horse is still fairly young, so it's a long way off and I'm sure my circumstances will be different, but I do plan on keeping my horse "forever." Hopefully by the time he's being retired from regular work I'll have my own small stable and he can just be a companion horse to whatever other horse(s) I have by then for as long as his quality of life remains good. Once quality of life starts to suffer, I'd have him euth'd by a vet.
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post #16 of 16 Old 09-20-2013, 08:27 PM
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In Canada, a horse that is euthanized must be buried, deep enough that there is 4ft of soil above the carcass. The chemicals used to euthanize remain in the animal. If predators, large and small get access they will ingest these chemicals and succumb to them.

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