Sunday, August 22, 2010

Dismal rescue update

The mare, to put it plainly, is not doing well.

We aren't sure what to do.

There comes a point where you think the road to any
type of "life" for her is going to be so long and hard with a
quality so poor. . . is it worth it?

And the bigger question. . .is any type of life even possible?
I am not sure she can recover. I am not sure at all.

Why this sudden turn to pessimism?

The vet asked us when he came out, "Are you SURE you want to do this?"
This meant. . .give the extreme effort to TRY to save her. .. there is no guarantee, and certainly, there is no promise she will ever be comfortable or enjoy being a horse.

I do not want to become so swept up in the rescue that I forget to actually rescue. . .

I wanted to save her from harm and pain. . .saving doesn't always end with a life that is happily ever after. . .it can be simply an end to pain and harm. Regardless, she will have that.

We are not giving up, but I am trying to be realistic about what is actually possible.

When I look at her. .. I don't yet see a SAVED horse.
I see a horse still in pain and suffering.

I want to see her be able to run through fields and do those things which all
horses ought to be able to do. . .
but maybe that is not a possibility "HERE"

* * *
I am not giving up yet, but I hope that I will draw a line and resolve
to do the right thing and not turn this poor mare into a long drawn out rescue
without a peaceful ending.



Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds. For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself, and herbs of the mountains are gathered. The lambs are for thy clothing, and the goats are the price of the field. And thou shalt have goats' milk enough for thy food, for the food of thy household, and for the maintenance for thy maidens

- Proverbs 27:23-27

"I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman's cares."

- George Washington