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post #41 of 79 Old 11-21-2014, 10:00 AM
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Phly, I am lucky. I have a meat packing plant that will come and pick up. They prefer the good meat, but will dispose of the not good meat and use the rest of the animal. Our local kill pen is good for laughing at the wanna be and rescue groups , as you know whats gonna happen when "that sweet Mr Ed wakes up in a few days or so". It is not legal to bury here and certainly not smart to dump a bunch of pink juice in your soil.
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post #42 of 79 Old 11-21-2014, 10:13 AM
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If taken to the vet, or close by vet university, they will take care of the body.

If shot and buried, there would be no pink juice.

I had one die by lightning strike, the BO took him to the Ohio Dept of Ag. Where for $22 they did a preliminary exam, I declined the necropsy. They took care of the body.

Is this the horse you are talking about?

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post #43 of 79 Old 11-21-2014, 10:28 AM
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anndankey, we can not bury , we must have them rendered. So yes, I can shoot something and then pay the render truck about $650 to come out and remove. The meat packing plant will pick up the not food grade and handle it for $250. If its food grade they will pay for it or grind it for you , for a small fee. It does make great dog food.
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post #44 of 79 Old 11-21-2014, 10:37 AM
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If the OPs injury affects the hind legs, I'm wondering about kissing spine which is the result of spinal compression. Pinched nerves can affect the gait, similar to iliopsoas pain in a human. When the nerves are irritated, the muscles for lifting the leg can fail to function properly.



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post #45 of 79 Old 11-21-2014, 10:40 AM
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Maybe I'm just odd, but here I go. I do want to say that I'm not singling anyone out or trying to veer completely off topic. I have no problem with slaughter of any animal, I have no problem with euthanize via pentobarbital or gunshot. I have a problem with HOW the slaughter is achieved and how it is NOT humane. I also have a problem because I have personally seen a lot of good horses go through euthanasia or slaughter just because the owners didn't want them anymore. I personally would much rather shoot the animal myself, then send it to slaughter.

I cannot see how human beings can throw away an animal which has given you years of service because it's 'old' or 'on it's last legs' or 'I just don't get along with it anymore'. I was always taught that horses (and any animal) carried my ancestors, they carried me, and deserved my loyalty till the end of their days. I suppose it just saddens me that humans can have little or no loyalty to animals who would work for you.
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post #46 of 79 Old 11-21-2014, 10:46 AM
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I am not familiar with the doings of meat packing plants, do they take live animals? How are they regulated? I do not know of any in this area. It sounds like it may not be a bad choice for an already dead animal.

I do know of universities that will take bodies for exam, necropsy, and then cadavers (sp) for students, and once sent a colt who had died to OSU under those circumstances. There was a charge for the necropsy, I did not pay for it and do not know the amount of the bill.

The term Kill Pen though bothers me, I do not know the logistics of them either; however, imagine taking a live animal. Receiving some small amount of money and leaving the animal to suffer waiting for a terrible long-suffering crowded road trip across the border to slaughter.

I apologize for my ignorance, but the first two options seem much more compassionate to a horse that has served you well.

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post #47 of 79 Old 11-21-2014, 10:59 AM
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I personally couldn't stand to not ride, but that's just me. OP, you do whatever makes you and the horse happy. I do have quite a few horses on my place that are not or cannot be ridden for one reason or another and I am perfectly happy to continue to take excellent care of them because I do love them and they have earned their retirement here.

So long as you and he are both content and happy, just keep on doing what you are doing .
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post #48 of 79 Old 11-21-2014, 12:19 PM
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Anything at my place is either ridden, driven, bred, or eaten. A mower only needs fuel when I use it, so no need to keep putting fuel in a 4 leg mower, that isnt being used
Sorry, I had to chuckle a bit at this. You need to come out of your shell & learn to speak your mind.
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If the OPs injury affects the hind legs, I'm wondering about kissing spine which is the result of spinal compression. Pinched nerves can affect the gait, similar to iliopsoas pain in a human. When the nerves are irritated, the muscles for lifting the leg can fail to function properly.
X-rays are part of the plan right now, because the assumption is he DOES have kissing spine. I just haven't gotten around to it yet and since he isn't being ridden at the moment, it's not super urgent.
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post #50 of 79 Old 11-21-2014, 08:18 PM
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I have a lame 15 year old gelding. He was gently rideable till this spring. Vet says nerve damage ( long standing... before I got him) I love him. I pay to board him, go over and fuss over him, give him treats, sometimes we walk on a lead thru the trails. People have asked why I dont put him down!!! He is happy, he's loved, he is the pet of the entire barn... i am not putting him down because I cant ride him. ANd no one would want a lame horse. So he is mine forever.

That said... I needed one to ride. So I bought a little mare this fall - love em both. Dont let anyone tell you horses are only happy if they are ridden. Sometimes they are happy just to be horses!
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