Coping with the Loss of your Horse Owning a horse is an amazing privilege: you become part of a relationship unlike any other. As you and your horse become bonded, you will find yourself entrusted with a companion worthy of passionate dedication. Regardless of your selected discipline, whether you keep your horse at a barn or in your backyard, it's easy to become completely smitten by your equine partner.
Sadly, the day will come when your four legged friend is no longer around. We are extremely fortunate to see our horses living longer, healthier, active lives. Many horses live to the age of 30, now days. But, as your horse enters his teens and 20's, he will become more and more susceptible to a range of conditions and diseases unique to the equine world. Inevitably, the day to say goodbye will arrive. And, regardless of how long you have known your horse, that day will most likely be met with heartbreak.
Your horse can become your best friend
It's quite unlikely that your horse will pass away naturally. As owners, we are in the position to intervene at the stage where our equine friend has started to suffer and is no longer enjoying a worthwhile quality of life. Your Veterinarian will be able to guide you through the decision to euthanize your horse, explaining what's involved and why it is a humane choice. Our horses become such a major part of our lives that losing one can result in a huge change in lifestyle as well as a terrible feeling of loss. Perhaps the horses care and feeding made up a major part of your daily routine, from early morning wake ups to regularly mucking out stalls, barn or stall maintenance and more. This level of dedication may define who you are, to a large degree. So, if and when you are faced with this transition, it's important to bear these facts in mind:
While losing your horse can be extremely difficult, it's something that many horse people experience. Remember to cherish the good times and to generously allow yourself the time you need to heal.
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Thank you for sharing this Morgan. I lost my beloved old boy this week and I'm really finding it very hard, I miss him so much. It's good to read it's normal to feel like this and that it will get easier
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