Losing a Herd Member


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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9 Responses

  1. Mary says:

    Thanks for this article Casie. I am facing the difficult decision to euthanize my beloved mare this summer and have been concerned as to how to help her pasturemate thru this. Specifically when to add the next pasturemate. It helped to read the options on how to deal with this. Thanks.

    • Casie says:

      Hi Mary, I feel for you. It’s such a hard thing to do. We knew Kady’s time was coming soon, but I was always trying to hold out just a little while longer. When she became ill, it made the decision easier in a way. I can tell you that adding a new friend beforehand does make it easier–I’ve done this with dogs as well. Hugs to you and your horses.

  2. Martha Cook says:

    First my sympathies for your loss. I hope more and more horse people take it upon themselves to be aware of how death affects horses and take steps to ease the transition for them. Here is a link to a blog post Trafalgar Square Books made on the same topic in 2016 after the passing of one the farm’s horses. https://horseandriderbooks.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/how-one-horse-says-goodbye-to-another-and-what-we-can-learn-from-it/

  3. Jessica says:

    Beautifully written, and some will need your advice if they have never been through this, all wise, all knowing and there are also homeopathic remedies for grief as well.

    Thank you for sharing this journey – it is always painful, and heart breaking no matter what.

  4. Celia Wetherill says:

    After I put Stormy down, I I tried to put Dandy in with the other two horses and he tried to kill them both. I made several attempts. It’s not like they haven’t been near each other scratching over the fence, but he ended up running Misty till he trapped her and she went over the fence into the road. Good thing I was home when it happened. I then had to walk a crazed mare home 3/4 a mile, and she body slammed me 1/4 mile from the horse when she couldn’t take the out of pasture stimuli, and I still have a hematoma 6 weeks later. Needles to say, Dandy will forever stay in the pasture by himself. I hate that because did mourn Stormy being gone, but I can’t take a chance on him repeating his behavior.

  5. Mary says:

    Thanks Casie.

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