Opinions on how to dispose of a dead horse

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  1. yuvgotmel

    yuvgotmel Senior Member

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    No all my horses are alive and well. But I figure I better come up with a game plan just in case something happens. What the options for disposing and how much will they cost? How much does it usually cost to euthanize a horse. I figure I probably should start setting aside money just in case my horses have health problems.
     






  2. 3WishesDun

    3WishesDun Senior Member+

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    Your vet would be the best bet to answer the cost of euthanasia questions.

    As to disposal.... you will have to contact your local government to see if it is legal to bury a horse. If not, you will have to contact a company to dispose of the body for you. Your vet would also know of any companies in the area that provide this service.
     
  3. babyruth

    babyruth Senior Member+

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    We rent a back hoe and bury them in the back pasture. All except one horse that we had when I was a little girl and if I remember right, if you could get it to the road the county would pick it up for $60. Chaps was at the vet, so they took care of him, but I wish he could have been buried here.
     
  4. Chester

    Chester Senior Member+

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    We can burn them here if we wish, but we take the backhoe option.

    Outback had a special dead animal disposal area that was filled as needed. Think big hole.

    Check with your local authority on legally disposing of carcasses.

    It is nice to see someone thinking ahead.
     
  5. Top Dun

    Top Dun Senior Member+

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    since I just went through that this year.

    Here in my area we have several choices

    1. bury at home (ie pay the cost of a tractor rental if you have to)
    2. bury in the Local land fill at a cost of about 200-300
    3. Communal cremation ( you don't get ashes back) about $800 when I was quoted in Feb
    4. Individual cremation ( you DO get ashes back) aobut $1300 when I was quoted in Feb.
    5. Wasn't given an option for rendering, but don't know if that was he was euthanized at the vet, but we do also have rendering trucks around the state. haven't got a clue what that costs for them to take it.

    euthanaisa cost me 100-200 I think. I don't want to go back and look at my reciept it's to painful.
     
  6. Fox Glove

    Fox Glove Senior Member+

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    I always gave my horses back to the Hunt.

    Paula
     
  7. Chester

    Chester Senior Member+

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    As much as this will be abhorrent to some there is always the choice of the local doggers.

    If they horse isn't full of drugs or a disease they will not take them for you could sell them for the price of the meat.

    Whilst this sounds horridly uncaring IF you do not have the readies needed to have your horse euthenased and disposed of this is an option that will ensure a timely and painless death. Far better than having it suffer because you don't have the money. Sadly that is a sight too often seen.
     
  8. Blistering Winds

    Blistering Winds Senior Member+

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    Availability in my area

    1. Local Landfill.....$300
    2. Above Ground Compost....depends who is willing....
    3. Diagnostic lab cremation...I'd have to call on pricing, but it is pushing 1.00 a lb (A POUND!!!! mind you)

    Cannot bury legally in my area, without getting a permit from the county, with proof and "research" that the water tables are low enough that the carcass will not directly affect the water supply.

    All in all, she spent over $500.00 to the county and stuff...however that permit can be renewed much cheaper she said...but she doesn't have much room to begin with....for burials.

    Then add in the cost of the backhoe....etc....


    5. Rendering Company if your horse dies of natural causes.

    Euthanasia runs $150.00 (that is just for the vet)



    Your best bet, is to discuss this with several of the vets in the area. Find out their euthanasia and disposal rates...and what options for disposal they offer. Not everyone has cremation available...and not everyone can put your horse down so you can have the rendering company haul.

    (bullet, and a few other "ways" to humanely destroy your horse so the rendering company can utilize the horse's body...which makes it MUCH cheaper on you in the end financially, and the body gets "used" and not wasted.....)
     
  9. Haas Horse Farm

    Haas Horse Farm Senior Member+

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    Well you have to know what the laws are where you live. Each state and county will have different rules. We have no place that will come get them (ETA: There are no rendering plants here.) so you have to pay to do it yourself. I was blessed when I lost my last mare several months ago and called a friend with a bobcat and a dump truck. He came and got the mare for me and took care of her. He did that as a favor to me.

    I do know that the mare my vet put down for a neighbor ... he charged her $150 for the vet work to put her down and then a neighbor came with a tractor and drug her off with a chain to a spot back in the woods. The coyotes were howling that night ...
     
  10. Top Dun

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    NOT when your horse is colicing and has a twisted intestine.
     






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