Monday, November 21, 2022

Difficult Decision

It has been a long time since I have taken pictures of Hank and Little Girl.  They both have not looked good for some time now. 
We think Hank is around 28 years old.  We got him in 2010.  He has never been an easy keeper, never getting fat when all the other horses did.  But since midsummer what weight he had has been melting off.  
 Little Girl, now 30 years old, has gotten pretty thin too.  Plus, she has had a riding career ending stifle injury that happened 20 years ago.  She is pretty arthritic in that joint and now both knees for the last couple of years.

I have come to the difficult decision to euthanize them both.  I don’t have any trouble telling clients when it is time to euthanize their pets, but I have always said that I am irrational with my own animals.  I just don’t want to see them get down and struggle and not be able to get back up.  With winter coming, they will suffer with the cold having no fat reserves.  It is time.  Tomorrow my equine vet friend is coming to help me.  I have also decided to have them cremated.  I worry about the guard dogs getting to the bodies and getting a secondary poisoning.

Tomorrow will be a difficult day.

You can type Hank into the google search bar to see all of the wonderful times we have had with him.  Little Girl’s story can be found under the Horses tab at the top of the page.


The JR said...

I'm sorry. I have a 31 YO mare who is still active and in good shape. But, we have a 28 YO gelding who is cripple. I can see the same thing happening to us too.

It's a very difficult decision and like you, I will hate to have to make it.

Prayers and blessings sent to you. You've taken care of them and loved them. Even when another would have sent them to a killer or worse years ago.

Once again, I'm sorry for your loss.

Shirley said...

My heart goes out to you.... Beamer is 21 now and with arthritis in both knees I know it's just a matter of time for me too.
My friend and business partner just lost her 21 year old stallion yesterday to colic. I think that's worse than "making the call".

C said...

Such a terribly hard decision

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