Recently, a photo of a horse with a prosthetic leg has been roaming the internet(this horse was later put down because he didn’t get better). This is not the first time I have seen these “glory” cases of horses being “saved” with a prosthetic leg. So I give myself the opportunity to tell you why I would never choose this life for my horse.
If I, as a horse owner, ever got into a situation where I had to choose if I would put my horse to sleep or do a surgery that will guarantee my horse pain and restrictions, there is no doubt what my answer would be. To be completely honest, I believe it is very selfish to keep a horse alive this way.
Firstly the surgery aftermath. There will be months in and out of pain and adjustments. If the horse ever adapts to the prosthetic leg, there will still be pain from not only pressure wounds and sores, but think about the anatomy. The horse will not be able to use his body correct, which will most likely end up in heaps of lockings in their muscles. I don’t think any chiropractor would be able to correct that either.
Photo above: This is the photo that was roaming around, creating heated discussions.
Some may think that I am heartless for choosing to let my horse go to sleep instead of doing surgery, but think about the quality of their life. They will not be able to run with other horses, nor will they be able to buck out or roll around. These are basic things that horses enjoy doing almost every day, and taking that away from them, what life will they have? Exercise? Nope, forget it. Riding? Nada. I am not saying that a horse needs to be ridden to be happy, but no basic exercise or movement at all is not in a horse’s nature.
I do not condone “pasture puff” horses from the start, so having a horse who won’t be able to use his body at all without being restricted is not a life I would wish for anyone. I know it is heartbreaking to say goodbye to your best friend, but sometimes saying goodbye is the best thing to do, and the most humane.
I know there are a ton of people with other opinions, but at some forums it can go overboard. Today I was bashed for being a spoilt brat because I would rather let my horse go than to keep him alive in pain. Is this where we are at now? “My opinion is right and if you think otherwise, you are a spoilt brat”. This person also had to show being superior from 20 years of experience, which I to be honest, couldn’t care less about. It doesn’t take 20 years of experience to see that an animal is suffering. That, ladies and gentlemen, is basic humanity.
To end off this post, I know there are many mixed opinions on the subject, but as we say in Norway, “a dead horse doesn’t suffer”.
What are your thoughts on the subject?