After a long consultation and weighing any and all options, we decided to let him go peacefully. If it were just the one foot that we were dealing with, there was a small possibility we could save him- but his opposite foot was starting the same breakdown and we just could not let him be in any more pain. He fought so hard and for so long, but it was time for him to be at peace. It was an excruciating decision for all of us, including the vet and all the vet techs from Desert Pines who have helped us care for him over the past year.
Daria and Jimmy Dean spent some quiet time with Arson before the vet arrived. He was fed as much Equine Senior as he wanted and tons of carrots and apples...
Dr Schur examining him.
Both of Arson's front feet were blocked (a nerve block) so that he would have some time pain free. He was sedated and then he was put to sleep with many tears and loving hands easing him on his way. A very difficult morning for all of us at Shiloh.
Arson will be buried at Shiloh near Chief. We always wanted Arson to be able to become a Wanderer and now Chief and Arson are wandering together pain free. I am sure Chief will show him all of the good spots to explore and the soft places to lay...
But, Rescue continues on. Dr Schur re-examined Providence's growths.
And then we had new arrivals, Pippi Longstockings and Vortex checked for pregnancies. BOTH ARE PREGNANT! Pippi (pictured above) is 8 months along...
Vortex is about 6 months along.
Both mares were moved into the Mare Motel and their older babies, Sedona and Sherlock, stayed behind with Fancy in the big Isolation turnout. There was some calling back and forth- but the babies soon settled down to eat. Now both mares can get all of the nutrition they need for their upcoming foals.
This sad and frustrating situation shows you what we have to deal with regarding horse slaughter. All of these horses were heading to slaughter: Both mares pregnant again, weanling babies at their side. Neither babies have ever been handled- why were the mares bred back?! It is absolutely ridiculous and true waste of life!!!!