Episode 105-Older horses and the decision to euthanize

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In this podcast, I’m going to discuss a tough subject, older horses, and the decision to euthanize. This decision is often made in emergency situations or when the quality of life is an issue. In my case, I can also see an impending crisis coming. Separating and understanding the emotions and the facts that surround each situation, and then putting them together to make a decision has been helpful for me. Listen to hear more.

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&#8220;Don&#8217;t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.&#8221;

For over 30 years I have owned horses but the last 5 months have been the worst.



  1. Roz on November 26, 2020 at 5:46 am

    Amazing – thank you for sharing – I honestly wondered if I could cope with this topic. it was so heartfelt listening to you with what had happened to your horses – I never knew what had happened to Roxy or Vaquero. And you so love Scrapper – but you are doing the right thing – You explain it all so well. So terribly sorry. Big hugs Stacy xx

  2. Joanne on November 21, 2020 at 9:16 am

    Scrapper is lucky to have a human in his life that cared so much about him and put so much thought into such an agonizing decision. The pain we feel when we loose a beloved creature is directly proportional to the joy they brought us throughout their life.

  3. Shelley Schaffer on November 21, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Stacy, My heart goes out to you. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of a cherished horse. By sharing his story you have helped all of us prepare for or come to terms with our own similar decisions. Not many would be so brave to share your heartfelt thoughts that lead you to your ultimate choice. Thank you for talking about something so hard that just the thought brings the hardest emotions. Thank you for helping all of us, he lives on through all of us listeners now. …smile because he happened. May God bless you always.

  4. Carol Callahan on November 18, 2020 at 7:25 am

    I’ll be watching this episode. Two weeks ago I had to make that decision for my mare, Zippin to Summer. She was only 24, but A-Fib Cushings, and bad arthritis in her knee. The morning I woke up and found she had developed Sidewinders Syndrome made my decision pretty easy, but still agonizing. She now rests in peace in her favorite spot. I have a photo of her watching as I chatted with you on the phone on a “coffee brake”. It’s one of my favorites.

    • Stacy Westfall on November 25, 2020 at 7:38 am

      Carol-I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember that photo! To listen to the podcast, click the small play button on this page and you can listen when you are ready. Sounds like we are on similar sad paths at the moment.

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