For most of us, our horses are more than just "horses"; they're friends, companions, pals, and pets.
For some of us, the parting of an equine friend is only through death. We seldom think about this eventuality as we ride or brush and groom our horse. But the matter of death is one that everyone must face, and the better prepared we are, the easier this final transition will be. It will not eliminate the emotional stress and the tears, but having a plan will help you when that day does arrive.
Equine Transition Services is service offered by Equine Community Resources, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Connecting Resources to Needs of the Equine Community in Central Oregon.
We at Equine Community Resources are horse people, we know the joys, and we know the challenges, that horse owners face. We've all been there. When your horse is reaching trails end, or an unexpected injury or illness occurs, know that Equine Transition Services is here to help you through this difficult time.
One of the most difficult decisions a horse owner has to make concerns the old or sick horse that has to be put down.
Your veterinarian is your best resource to help guide your decision. Also, see the AAEP Guidelines on Euthanasia.
If you do not have a veterinarian, ETS has a network of veterinarians that we can reccommend.
Whether it is aging or a chronic condition, or a sudden illness or injury it's best to have a plan in place to help your horse transition, safely, compassionately, and humanely.
Oregon law offers a few options for disposal. ETS offers removal and transport of your deceased horse to the local landfill or a location of your choice.
Equine Transition Services charges a disposal fee of $175 with less than 50 miles of travel and $25 for each 1-50 additional miles traveled.
ETS offers a needs based, sliding scale, low or no cost transition service for for those experiencing financial difficulty. You may apply for assistance through Equine Community Resources below.