Making a Plan
Equine owners should think ahead and make a euthanasia plan well before it is actually needed, in order to avoid making difficult decisions when feeling emotional. It may also be helpful to include your preferred collection options in circumstances where an equine dies a natural death.
The Equine End of Life Service team welcome your calls to help and support you through the planning process. In addition there is excellent information available from World Horse Welfare, the British Horse Society (BHS) and Blue Cross to ensure that horse owners are supported through every stage during this difficult time, links to their websites are below:
World Horse Welfare – Just in Case https://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/just-in-case
World Horse Welfare’s Just in Case initiative is designed to help guide owners through equine end of life considerations, providing a helping hand for anyone whether they are making the difficult decision now or simply preparing for all eventualities in the distant future. Two leaflets are available, one to give the facts, and the other to help make a plan long before it is needed. ‘Just in Case: The Facts’ clearly and sensitively explains all aspects of the situation, such as the options available and what to expect; how to assess quality of life; insurance and legislation issues; and whether you should be there. ‘Just in Case: Owner’s Plan’ provides a clear form which can be completed in advance to show your preferred options and providers. You can also use this to be certain everyone knows what choices you would make even if you can’t be contacted in an emergency
British Horse Society – Friends at the End http://www.bhs.org.uk/our-work/welfare/our-campaigns/friends-at-the-end
Friends at the End is a BHS initiative designed to make sure that no horse owner has to face the loss of their equine companion alone. Owners can contact our HQ based team for support via phone or email or request the face to face support of a local volunteer BHS Friend. All of our Friends at the End team have received training from bereavement counsellors, so they have a genuine understanding of the loss and grief that come when a horse dies. They aren’t there to take the place of a counsellor or vet, but they can offer an extra source of support. More than 50 volunteer BHS Friends have attended training that help them to support horse owners through the difficult process of saying goodbye. Many are willing to be there on the day to offer support, and some will even hold the horse if the owner doesn’t feel able.
If you feel that you might benefit from talking to someone through the Friends at the End scheme, contact BHS Welfare on 02476 840517 or firstname.lastname@example.org and they’ll put you in touch with your nearest BHS Friend.
Blue Cross – End of Life https://www.bluecross.org.uk/horse-end-life