Hello everyone! I volunteer at a horse rescue and one of our horses is being put to sleep tomorrow at around noon. He has recurrent airway obstruction (RAO) which is very similar to asthma in people. Before coming to us he was severely neglected and didn't receive medical attention for his illness. Because of that, there is too much scar tissue in his lungs and he has to gasp for every breath he takes. I am sad that he won't be with us anymore but also happy because there will be no more suffering for him. Right when he makes his journey to Heaven I plan to get a manicure and pedicure to ease my stress. I've been begging God to take away his pain no matter what He wants to do. I will be going to the barn this evening to participate in a feed shift and it will be my last time seeing him. I plan to arrive a little early so I can have some alone time with him and say a proper good-bye.

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  • Bless you mbvu. Will be thinking of you. xxxx

  • Thank you.

  • Ah bless him and you. He's beautiful. Wish he could be saved. Xx

  • Thank you. At least he got the TLC he deserves for the past six months.

  • Yes, thanks to lovely people like you. Thank you. X

  • Thank you.

  • Hi Mbvu

    That will be very difficult but its for the best. Its the kindest thing to do.

    Will be thinking of you.



  • Hi MBVU sorry your facing such a sad thing. I'm sure the poor horse will be out of pain and suffering, I would not be able to do this job, as I would be so upset. I love animals and I give money every month to Dogs Trust who rescue and help dogs.

    I'm sure it's very rewarding. Best of luck , I will be thinking of you, give the horse a hug from me.

    Let us know how you are please.


  • He went peacefully with no fear.

  • Hi MBVU that's good to know the poor horse is out of pain, look after yourself now as well.


  • Yup. I just got a manicure and pedicure. My nails are painted brown in his memory.

  • Hey, I just thought I should let you know that I rode another rescue horse last week also with the name Hannah lol.

  • I also ride ride a horse named Luna sometimes. She's named just like your cat!

  • Hi MBVU that's so funny about riding a horse called Hannah and Luna, well you can think of me when your enjoying your horse ride. It must be lovely to have access to horse riding and to enjoy it.

    You sound in good form which is great.


  • Thank you :) It's awesome.

  • My Dad is taking me to the Preakness this Saturday. It's a famous horse race in the US in case you don't already know. I think he's trying to cheer me up and I appreciate him for that.

  • I'm not sure there's a heaven for humans let alone horses but he looks a lovely horse and deserves it I should think if there is one.

    I think its a lovely idea to spend some time with him and say goodbye and I hope you'll be taking him a bag of apples or some favourite treat.

    Don't be too sad. We have to accept the world as it is and nothing lives for ever.


  • I did not because I didn't know if he is allergic to anything or if there is something he shouldn't eat. Thanks for the suggestion anyway.

  • What a beautiful horse and so sad he has to be put down. But at least he had a short time with lovely caring people. Take care. x

  • Bless your heart I'm so sorry. Thank you for volunteering and thank you for loving that horse. I can't wait to meet him in heaven! God bless you greatly tomorrow and everyday after

  • You two will have a great time :)

  • Hello.

    He is indeed a beautiful boy. I'm so sad for you. However, you are right that he will be much happier in Heaven than in the paddock struggling for every breath. I love all animals but horses demand real understanding and this is probably what he needs now. I shall be thinking about you both. Try to enjoy the treatments and the memories.

    Much luv

    Heather x

  • Sorry for your loss, hon. He looks like a sweetie.

  • Thank you.

  • Ah that's very sad news will be thinking of you x

  • Thank you. It's been over a month so I've learned to move on.

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