|Planning for our old guys|
Pick meds carefully
If you have retirees, or any other horses that are not candidates for colic surgery or a trip to a vet facility, talk to your vet ahead of time about what kinds, and what amounts, of meds should and should NOT be used if the horse becomes seriously ill. Some meds will slow or prevent euthanasia meds from working if the horse ultimately needs to be put down. I am pretty sure "ace" (acepromazine?) is one such drug. If a horse sustains a traumatic injury, you may be tempted to give any drug on hand to calm or help them. Check with the vet before medicating, so that you don't give your horse something that will hinder the effectiveness of euthanasia meds in the event this step is needed.