A 15 y o lesson pony at a boarding facility was "put down" this past week due to front leg issues. Several boarders

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Customer: A 15 y o lesson pony at a boarding facility was "put down" this past week due to front leg
issues. Several boarders offered to pay for the vet bill, but all were refused. The pony was
shot in the head. The owner knows a Policeman so he did it.
All boarders are very upset. Is it true that the pony was treated in a cruel way? Did he suffer more, or longer this way? I was told he died the instant he was shot.
Why is this considered inhumane, as compared to how the vet does it, and I was with my gelding when the vet put him down.
Answered by Dr. Mike in 34 mins 9 years ago
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A well placed bullet is just as humane as chemical euthanasia, if not more so, as with barbiturate overdose, they still feel the needle. Death is instantaneous via gunshot, but may not be "suitable for some viewers". Those speaking against this method are putting their own beliefs/feelings above the welfare of the horse.

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