I called the vet’s office today, to make an appointment to have Shamrock euthanized. This little mare is 22 years old, and has been struggling with hoof pain since the middle of last winter. I’ve done everything I know how to do. Tried every suggestion from vet, farrier, and fellow horse owners. Nothing has helped her and I see signs now of her giving up. She’s been so willing to do whatever I’ve asked of her, and she has put up with all of the treatments, meds, and supplements I’ve bombarded her with. Now she’s telling me she’s had it. She’s not eating or drinking with gusto. She’s lying down most of the time. She has no interest in leaving her stall to go outside. I’m waiting for the vet to call me back with a day and time. This decision has been brutal for me, but I need to face it with courage. I think it’s the right time for Shammy. Am I sure? No.
September 3, 2010