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post #11 of 19 Old 12-03-2015, 02:19 PM
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The main concern is being able to afford the care if your horse does get sick!!

I put down 2 horses of my own. One was 26 (my first horse) and the other was only 8 (physical issue). Having been a farmer I found that death is just part of life and horses are not animals that I love like a dog or cat. They are beautiful and I love them and they are an interesting challenge to train but they are livestock and none are like the first horse.

After that first horse I never kept any horse forever. I just don't look at them like I do pets. Maybe because I was a farmer.
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post #12 of 19 Old 12-03-2015, 04:23 PM
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I love my horses like family and would be devastated if anything happened to one of them, but I'd never let that stop me from owning them. They make my life so much brighter and I couldn't imagine a day without them. Not getting to give Annie kisses every morning, or scratch Toby's ears before dinner would be a greater tragedy than not having them in my life at all. Not getting to see my daughter brush lovebug and giggle while he snuffles her head would break my heart, just as much as if he were to colic and pass on. Horses can be such a benefit to ones life, provided they have the time and finances to care for them.

I'm lucky, I have a great retirement plan for my horses. They'll go up to our 220 acre cow pasture when they can't be ridden anymore, and will live out the rest of their lives as pasture pets. They'll only be bothered to get their feet done, their teeth floated, they're shots, and lots of treats and love. They'll go out knowing they were loved , and if there get to where they can't comfortably be pasture pets, they'll be put down with their favorite food in their mouths and their best friends at their sides.
The death of a horse is sad, but it can be peaceful.
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post #13 of 19 Old 12-03-2015, 04:55 PM
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I agree with Elana, my bigger concern is being able to properly care for them or if a vet situation came up that I simply could not afford.

As far as your reservations go, if you really feel it would cause you undue worry or stress then maybe it's better to lease. I have always thought leasing is a great way to get to know many different horses. You learn a lot by varying your experience.

As for me, I know the sadness of losing a fuzzy friend but truly feel that my life is richer for having known them, each and every one.
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post #14 of 19 Old 12-03-2015, 05:35 PM
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I've luckily never had any of those things happen and I've owned horses for around 15 years. If it came to it I would have the money, but it's never even come close.
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post #15 of 19 Old 12-03-2015, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by boots View Post
Although I had been involved with horse for several years, I had something happen that completely changed my outlook. Please bear with me.


I picked him up at an auction for $35 because no one else wanted him and the auction barn manager wouldn't let the owner "no sale" him. I also bought 8 other nice geldings to work with.

I just felt terribly sorry for this horse whose every bone stuck out. I could put my fist between his hind legs. He didn't object. He didn't have the energy.

I worked with a good friend and vet and started putting weight on T-bone. Then a lot of his hair fell out. Vet donated tests, assessments, adjusted the feed. T-bone became perky even.

But, one day I got to work and T-Bone was down. He had had such a worm load that his intestines could not absorb nutrients effectively. There was no chance. No hope. Yes, we had been treating for worms. Things don't always work out well with living things.

I asked my boss to put T-Bone down by bullet. The most ethical way, IMO. Boss said "No. Your horse. You make sure it's done right." I couldn't. I cleaned the barn and did other chores, making poor T-Bone languish while I nursed my cowardice and sorrow.

Finally boss called me on my selfishness.

I went and put T-Bone down myself. I buried him myself. I honored that horse. Finally.

Now, I enjoy each day I have with each horse, whether I own it or not. I know that if I need to, I will do right by the horse and honor it in memory and deed.

I now recognize that we don't know how much time we have with each other. Enjoy what you do have and do the right thing when you need to.
Your story gave me goose bumps. I could never be that strong.
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post #16 of 19 Old 12-03-2015, 08:09 PM
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I worry about the $ too, if something serious should come up. As far as them dying, that is sort of a part of life with having pets, as most will not outlive us if we are younger than 50 or 60.
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post #17 of 19 Old 12-03-2015, 08:14 PM
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A bit of advice, "Stop worrying about the bad stuff, it takes away from enjoying the good stuff".
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post #18 of 19 Old 12-03-2015, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by natisha View Post
Your story gave me goose bumps. I could never be that strong.
Thank you.

I find it less painful to do the necessary thing than to have the guilt of letting an animal suffer because of... all the reasons we have that makes it so difficult to put one down.
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post #19 of 19 Old 12-04-2015, 08:41 AM
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One thing I grew up with was the fact that if you have livestock you sure as heck are going to have dead stock.

You do not pick up a new puppy and think, "I am going to have you for 10+ years and then you are going to be old and die.

If you get upset by the thought of 'what if' then either toughen up or don't have pets. They will give you hour upon hour of fun and enjoyment and also heartache when they die.
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