An 11 year old mare, papered. Well trained. Raced in her younger days. Pretty.
Good weight, bright and alert. A bit of marey pissiness but all in all far from a sad sack.
She was euthed the other day. Then laid to rest on the farm where her last foal still romps about until it is time for her training.
Her hocks were shot, it became more apparent when she was bred, though she was given the go ahead as breeding sound prior. The extra weight bothered her, so she was never to be bred again, cute and papered as she was.
Her owner could not keep her, but did not want to try and give her away to parts unknown for free. Nor did she want to bute her up sell her to someone unsuspecting as a sport horse, or make a few bucks running her through the auction to whatever fate may have waited for her there.
Nope, she pulled out her wallet, paid the vet to put her down and had her buried.
Some people would think this is a horrible thing, some would think this horse owner cruel or uncaring but she was exactly the opposite. She alone took responsibility for her horse. She did not put her on the internet free to anyone who would take her. She didn’t try to sell her. She did not want this mare to end up being bred, ridden or shipped to slaughter.
And the only way she could do for sure it is to send her over the bridge peacefully and in the place Miss Mare knew as home. She will never know the horror of slaughter, or be bred again and again for her looks and bloodlines to make some BYB little sport horses while she gimped around painfully on ruined hocks.
Sadly the number of horses like her far outweighs the number of good forever homes for a companion only horse, and also the available spots in rescues and sanctuaries.
A tough call, but the best option of the bunch…I think of this mare when I see the dozens upon dozens of ads looking for a forever home for someone’s old, or lame horse. They just aren’t out there in any number. If you do find one that is 100% guaranteed kudos to you and be happy for it, you (and your horse) are lucky!
And there are a lot of wolves in sheeps clothing who will promise your horse that green field of knee deep grass and ship it for a quick buck. They will even bring along kids and be as sweet as pie!
Out of sight out of mind for some people?