Saying goodbye to Flicka

Owners suffer a sense of loss and need to be treated with respect and compassion after the death of a horse. An Alberta business aims to provide support to owners and horses.

Mike Sturk photo

It was time to let the horse go.

The owner and her husband met at the boarding facility near Water Valley, Alta., where the horse had lived its last years.

The owner said her goodbye. Blinded by tears, she walked into nearby woods, trailed by her husband who was offering comfort.

When she came back, the veterinarian had administered the lethal injection and the horse was dead.


  1. Jagadambe Dasi · ·

    I can see the need for this mans services until he puts In horse slaughter or captive bolt as recommended ways to humanely put a horse down. Sorry buddy. No red badge of courage for you. These are methods that you should be telling people to avoid, or you will not offer your services. Being there for the people is very nice, kinda like a funeral director; except the funeral director does not offer ways to end a life that incur extreme fear, torture and agony for the to be deceased. You are not a funeral director; and you need to be here for the horse too, even if that means you will not provide an inhumane form of killing. You may not get paid for that job; but if you really care about horses you will sleep better at night.

    1. Heather · ·

      I agree 100% Jagadambe. How can he go on and on about wanting a compassionate end to a horse when he thinks taking a horse to a slaughter house, to get the owner some money, is being compassionate!!

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