My 33 year old gelding is beginning to show signs that it is nearly time for him to rest in peace. Two years ago, I bought an 18 month old gelding. He came from a farm with lots of horses to be around. My questions are: When the vet comes out to administer the euthanasia meds, is it best to take my youngster somewhere that he can't see his mate die or will it not matter for him to stay. Will he sense the death of my old guy? I fear my younger horse will have a hard time adjusting to being without another horse nearby. He has never been alone. Is there something I can do to comfort him?
Pet's Sex: Male
Pet's Age: >12
Thanks for allowing me to assist you, I am the horse's servant and will do my best to help you with your horse. You are right to be concerned about your young horse's solitude. Horses are herd animals and need company to feel safe and secure. Perhaps you could look into getting a companion pony or even a goat before your old guy leaves us. Often a word out inquiring into an older but healthy pony can lead to a free companion for your horse. It is similar to cruelty to keep a horse alone, although I have seen this situation. If you seek an alternative to his solitude I am sure you will be happier with the outcome for your stable harmony. Please let me know if you have any questions. Good luck with your situation!
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