Euthanasia: Not the worst thing that can happen to a horse

November 23rd, 2010

Over the years, I’ve seen many rescues and individuals go to incredible lengths to save horses. While I admire the love and dedication behind them, I often feel that such efforts are misplaced and counter-productive. A quick, quiet death is sometimes the best gift we can give to an animal.

It’s often also the only one that makes sense.

I won’t fault any individual for spending his or her own money to try to save a beloved animal, assuming the animal doesn’t suffer long-term, and assuming that spending that money doesn’t endanger any other members of the household. But rescues are different. Nearly all rescues are working with very limited resources, many of them donated. The sad reality of the current horse market is that spending thousands of dollars trying to save one critically ill or injured horse means that several healthy but unlucky horses lose their second chance at a good life. And often, even the ill/injured horse in question has very little chance at what most people would consider a GOOD, comfortable, enjoyable life. (more…)