I made the call. No it was not a slam dunk; like most real decisions, it was a gray area. And it was agonizing.
My experienced horse friends -- the ones in the horse business who have seen it all and been through this many times -- tell me I made the right choice. Other friends did not agree, though everyone was supportive when it counted.
I have to live with knowing I ended his life, and that there was a certain pre-emptive element to the decision. It weighs on me, but letting things continue, and letting him navigate winter on shaky legs, would have been a weight of another kind.
I hope it was the right thing to do, and I know I did it out of love. Harv, I did my best.