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The Decision to Euthanize
Unfortunately, deciding to end a life is never easy. The fact is, making a decision to euthanize a horse or any animal is a selfless act: essentially putting aside what "we" want for what is "best for the patient." If you are a horse owner, giving some thought to this difficult decision may help you prepare to handle the decision and the loss of a friend in a slightly less painful way.
Serious illnesses, including colic and fractured limbs, create circumstances that can feel overwhelming. They happen at unexpected times, they catch us by surprise, and in an instant we are forced to consider a decision from which there is no turning back. The unfortunate fact is bad things happen to good horses, and as their advocates, we want to be prepared to step in and if needed, spare them needless pain and suffering.