There are times when it is plain wrong to put down a horse – or any other animal, for that matter – such as when it is no longer able to do the work for which it was bought.
So, what would be a good reason to euthanize your horse? Well, this could very well be an ethical and courageous act on your part to put an end to the horse’s pain and suffering. The age of the animal does not really matter; you do not only euthanize old horses. For example, if the horse was in an accident or suffers from a severe illness or a trauma of sorts, and there is no way for it to heal, then euthanizing it may very well be the only way to end the misery.
Now, if you care deeply for your horse, this could turn out to be very difficult to accept. It is always very hard to take this sort of decision even if your furry friend is tired and suffering.
There are some ways to make this process easier, though. For one, remember all of the great times you had with your horse and the chemistry you shared. You were inseparable. It gave you lots of unconditional love and you reciprocated happily.
However, it is now time for it to make its way to the horse paradise you always knew it will one day go. Everyone around you should know about this. But, don’t let them change your mind. They can give you advice, but they cannot fully comprehend what you and your horse are going through. So, make sure you are the one choosing, and not them.
Keep in mind that it is never easy to let go. But, even if it isn’t, your animal will make it clear that it cannot take it anymore, and you will have to come to terms with that fact. After all, if its physical state is degrading, it is also very hard for you and anyone else that cares for it to endure – not just the horse itself. Console yourself by repeating that this is the right thing to do.
Afterwards, you need to decide whether you will assist to the actual euthanasia. This is definitely a personal choice you need to make. But, whether you are with your horse until the end, the important thing to do is to say a proper goodbye before it leaves for horse heaven forever.
No matter how you say goodbye, keep in mind that you are making the right choice by letting your horse leave this planet while it still has its dignity. After putting it down, you may feel guilty about your decision, but stay strong. Time will heal your wound. This may leave a hole in your heart, but this is necessary in order to remember your horse.
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