A friend of mine called me one day - screaming. ‘Please come help. Someone hit our horses on the road. We were ridding and...’ I hung up, got
my ‘jump kit’ (for animals and people) my gun and was on my way.
The scene was incredible bloody. The people, car, the ground. Of course the horses. What a horrible mess. The poor State Trooper was white as a
ghost and shaking.
My friends husband and his friend had been ridding a road on a long stretch where the horses could be seen for a mile in both directions. Some woman
with a poodle on her front seat plowed into the horses and riders because the dog was freaking.
Ok - now that you’ve got the back story. Yes, I checked the old lady first - but that’s for another thread - on to the horses.
One horse suffered only minor injuries, the other was not nearly as lucky. A fractured hip is not easy to do to a 1200 pound horse. There was no
saving the animal. The State Trouper at the scene called a vet - it would by 40 minutes until he/she arrived. I told him to cancel the vet the horse
needed to be euthanized and not then but now, that moment, to end it‘s suffering. The Trouper did as instructed and then stood there looking at me
blinking like an owl. He wouldn’t shoot the horse. I asked if it was against his job description. No, he replied, he just couldn’t do it. So I
did. I made an ‘X’ between the horses eyes and ears (imaginary of course) and shot the horse with my pistol to the left of center ‘X’.
First thing out of the Troopers mouth? 'Jeeez, that thing hit the ground dead before my ears stopped ringing’.
When you euthanize a horse CORRECTLY - it goes down fast - no running in place, no huffing and puffing, no thumping of the tail, etc.
I’ve worked with vets who couldn’t put down a horse as humanely. I’ve had a horse of my own try to climb back out of a hole AFTER being
‘euthanized’ by a vet (for insurance reasons). I never allowed that to happen again. Ever.
So - what’s all this boil down to? It’s my opinion the guy in question was a total ass *bleep* to destroy that animal to make a point.
But the point was made. Shooting a horse correctly is quick and clean. The horse is 'here' one second and 'gone' the next.
To date I’ve yet to see a cow ‘put down’ with such ease and little pain sans fear unless I’ve done it myself.
So, you can romanticize horses all you want - but at the same time - and before you want to carve up the people who eat horse meat? Take a look at
that steak on your plate and KNOW that lovely steer did NOT die easily, without pain and without fear. They don’t. Not in slaughter houses.
So let’s be doen with the ignorance and look at the complete picture. I’d also suggest you look at yourselves and instead of whining - either
stop eating slaughterhouse meat or stop being critical as it’s your desire (to eat meat) that is the protagonist for animal suffering.
edit on 23-3-2013 by silo13 because: bbc bold