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Whenever we've had a horse died on the property there is always sense an unusual calm/slow/sad energy from all the horses. I do believe they feel the loss and "grieve" one way or another.
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That's what I have seen too.
 

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Hey I can definitely imagine :/. I would imagine it was traumatic, for you and the others involved, as well as the horses.

Our old horse passed suddenly, we assume a heart attack/aneurism or something like that. He was fine and just began suddenly staggering around, he actually knocked the barn wall off the foundation he hit it so hard. Unfortunately there's not much you can do at that point, and it's hard to watch :(
 

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Hey I can definitely imagine :/. I would imagine it was traumatic, for you and the others involved, as well as the horses.

Our old horse passed suddenly, we assume a heart attack/aneurism or something like that. He was fine and just began suddenly staggering around, he actually knocked the barn wall off the foundation he hit it so hard. Unfortunately there's not much you can do at that point, and it's hard to watch :(
It's a very hard time for everyone at the moment especially people watching their horses grieving it makes it a bit worse
 

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Their reactions vary from horse to horse.

I agree with Cherie over a mare loosing a foal and leaving the goal with her.

When we had a foal die I skinned it and left the skin with the mare. I called the foaling bank to say I had a potential foster mother and hours later they called back to say they had a foal near that needed a mother.

This is why the foal was skinned, we draped the hide over a stuffed sack and hung it in front of the mare as we travelled her to the foal. The movement gave the impression the foal was alive.
At the stud where the foal was, the mare was given a light tranquilliser and the foal was dressed in her foals hide before meeting her new mother. That mare took the foal with no problems at all.

Animals accept death, yes, they do miss and mourne a herd mate but will move on faster than most humans.
 

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horses do greave.

tammys hinds were failing her and we tryed to shoe her she had got dificault to hold her hinds up.
so we got the vet to dope her and it went beyond that.
it was an all of a sudden thing that her hinds gave up we know she has been a little funny she was at the vet we had her radiographed and all seems sound.
the last resort was a direct painkiller into the vein.
after a few minuits the decision was made by me i had to and i cannot be selfish for the memory of vanessa her mare was in pain so the time has come to say good bye.
tricky was her soal mate and i decided he had to be there and we had her injected and she fell asleep on the lawn infront of the house.
he stood there looking and nudged her and his head was going up and down.
tammy was taken away to be cremated and he saw her being recoverd he had to know were she was going he was looking and snorting as much as my own loss i could see it in his eyes and in his expresions to.
the trouble is he probley could read my own emotions at the time my own greif.
i decided to turn him out for a few days and he was calling and cantering in the paddock.
i kept an eye on him.
ill be very honest there is a big change in him in deed behaveual wise.
i think he still looks for her im sure he does its like her stable door he was trying to open it i said shes not there boy.
i talk about tammy alot to him.
he has a new frend in quincy now and seems to have settled down.
from my point of vew he had to know that his girl had gone.
mine has gone to as her life suport machine was turned off and that was tammys owner vanessa.
so we both lost our girls from the same famaly.
i have pictures of tammy at rest.
rip tammy in loveing memory on behalf of tricky.
 

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I took my TB in to let him sniff where the horse was buried and had passed and he tried to rear up got very spooky and his ears kept twitching.
 

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It's been over 3 years since my old QH died. My pony mare still will go stand over his grave like she's telling him how her day went. Sometimes she takes a snooze next to old King.

When it first happened she stood there around the clock and barely ate. I actually starting fearing for her health. That's how I wound up with the other 2 I have. The 2 new mares helped but she still misses him.
 

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I took my TB in to let him sniff where the horse was buried and had passed and he tried to rear up got very spooky and his ears kept twitching.
Don't worry about it. They all handle it differently. I wouldn't push him, just leave him alone and give him calm and quiet attention, like a nice groom or something. Try to be normal but calm at the same time.
 
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