I have the same dilemma that many have posted about before. I have two older horses and I’m not sure how to tell when it is time for them to go. I got them about a year ago when I found them in a not-so-good situation.
One is about 24-25 and is a retired barrel racer. He has Sweeney shoulder and arthritis in both back hocks. Even a daily dose of Bute or Previcox doesn’t seem to help his pronounced limp at all gaits. I’ve already spent the money on lameness exams, ultrasound, blocks, etc. So he is essentially lame in three legs. He eats well and is a easy keeper, loves people, goes crazy when separated from his herd. He also has seedy toe in two feet.
His very best friend is at least 28-30. He has a lot of small problems, but no one huge thing. He is incredibly itchy right now. His face is swollen on one side from rubbing it so badly. He has bleeding sores on his head from rubbing. He is recovering from a corneal ulcer in one eye and the other eye has recurring inflammation. He has scratches now, and a little rain rot, missing a bunch of mane. He has seedy toe in three feet. His body condition is never above 4 despite all the senior feed and supplements he receives. It has been very hot lately and it seems that he is not sweaty and just getting a bit lethargic. He just wants to stand in his stall under his fan. He is pretty stoic so it is hard to tell if he is truly suffering or not. He only perks up when I bring the food bucket out or have a carrot in my pocket.
Is it unfair of me to think about euthanasia at this point? I’ve thought that if I did put them down, I would do it together seeing as how they are the very best of friends and have been together for years.
Thanks for any advice or suggestions you may have. I’m feeling pretty miserable at this point.