In sickness and health

Wonderful article about responsible guardianship of our equine friends.



  1. My friends bought me a horse statue yesterday … It is a grey horse with writing it says …The only constant thing in life is change and things can change rapidly when your dealing with horses . They know how sad I am in regards to horses and they knew I wanted this horse so they pooled thier money together and bought it for me . I miss my horse so much ……. but she did not go to an auction .

  2. Fabulous Article! Perfect Words: “It is time for a shift in our thinking! The entire equestrian community is in crisis. We are not taking care of the horses who are already here, and the rescue organizations are in overload. We must develop an honest gratitude to the horses who are here; they have given and given and given. Our callous disregard for the bonds they form and the comfort they feel in familiar surroundings must end. When it’s time for your horse to retire, shouldn’t his final memories be of “home” and shouldn’t the last voice he hears be yours? We
    owe it to them, and then some. As you seek balance in your own life, seek it for your horse as well. Our responsibility to them is equally as important in the darkness of their lives, perhaps even more so, as it is in the light.”

  3. Excellent article. I have always had a least one lovely sentient being around the barn. My Baskir mare has Arthritis (Carpititis) in both her front knees. So far she seems comfortable with her supplements. The Vet says if she appears to be more uncomfortable, we can try injections. I would do all of this for her until the time as she looks me in the eye and says,” Hey mom. I’m all done in.” I have found that most horses at this stage of their lives go down with so peaceully when they are euthanized. Stormy is 20. No one rides her; but she still enjoys her feed, grass pasture and the company of all the other sentient beings who live here, animal and human alike. I put my first horse down at 28. He was blind, arthritic and had melanoma cancer that had progressed to his lymph nodes. Watching him trying to keep up with his guardian mare (the horse who was always with him to help him through the darkness) made me think to ask him if he was ready. He said, “yeah”; and when he was euthanized it was like a feather dropping to the ground. I, of course was a mess; but so was the mare, who whinnied for him after like a bugler playing taps. I wish that i could end my days with that much dignity. I wish they had that option for us human sentient beings. Imagine if when we got too old and arthritic other people sent us to the slaughter house. Sometimes thats what nursing homes feel like to the elderly patients in them. I would rather be euthanized humanely.

    1. My mother-in-law is 99 and lives in a retirement home. She has good and bad days which are about even now, but sometimes she says she wishes human euthasia was legal. I remember we toured retirement homes 10 years ago when she was first looking. We toured one place that had people who were unable to look after themselves. It was so sad. It was like a warehouse for them. Just awful.

  4. Mary Croft · ·

    Well done….a new attitude must prevail if we intend to live peacefully with all of earth’s inhabitants.

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