“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!” said the lead character in Shakespeare's King Richard III. My how things have changed.
Today’s economy, coupled with the closing of all
The nationwide recession has contributed to a situation in which owners can’t feed or care for horses they could afford a year or even a few months ago,
A few rescue, retirement facilities might take a horse,
The last option is euthanizing the horse.
“We are seeing a slight increase of horses that are being put down just because the owner has no other option,”
Veterinarians are the best resource for people who have to take that option. They are a good resource to help dispose of the large carcass resulting from euthanizing a horse.
They have three methods for putting a horse down,
In most states, when a vet puts the horse down, he’s responsible for making sure that the carcass is disposed of correctly. Sometimes when they use chemical injection, there are residues in the carcass that other animals could feed on, causing them to die. Possible methods of disposal include burying, burning, removal by a rendering or dead stock company, or even cremation. Occasionally a land fill might take them, and composting also is an option.
The horse owner will incur costs in disposing of a horse. A veterinarian might charge between $100 and $200. A rendering plant might charge as little as $25 or as high as $175 or even $200. The other option is to bury them, but owners must check with local authorities about zoning restrictions. They need to be a certain distance from water sources. Then there’s the cost of digging the hole, depending on the equipment available to the owner.