There are a wide variety of domesticated animals that can be companions for their human parents. They come in a vast array of sizes, from tiny mice to large creatures such as horses. When it's time to say goodbye to a beloved pet, the burial or cremation methods will also vary. A small rodent or bird could easily be given a burial in the backyard with little more than a garden trowel and a few thoughtful words. This can become more complicated the larger the pet. Whether your horse has come to the end of their natural life or they have been unwell and (though tragic) their pain needs to be brought to an end by a vet, it can be hard to know how to dispose of their body in a respectful way. Given the dimensions of a horse, burial can be near impossible. This can result in cremation becoming the best course of action, but this course of action requires a certain process.
Disposal vs. Cremation
Although it's an unsavoury thought when you have a pet horse, the sheer size of the animal can make its body a commodity to some people. You love your pet, and you may not want their body to be rendered in order to create bone meal fertiliser or leather. You want your pet to be treated with dignity and respect, and this is the difference between horse disposal services and horse cremation services.
A Specialist Provider
Not all pet cremation services have the facilities to handle an animal the size of the horse, so you will need to make a few enquiries. It can be helpful to ask your vet or an animal charity for a referral. A qualified horse cremation service will collect your animal after they have passed away and will transport them for cremation. The size and weight of the horse mean that a specialist facility is often required, both for the transportation and the cremation.
Receiving the Ashes
You will generally have the option to be present for the cremation service, but it's very much a personal choice, and there doesn't have to be a ceremony as such. If you want to commemorate your horse's memories, you could perhaps have a small ceremony to scatter their ashes after the cremation (perhaps over the horse's paddock or where they lived). If you shared ownership of the horse with other people (which can be the case when the horse was boarded at a stable), then it's certainly possible for the ashes to be divided and for each party to receive a portion in a container, which can be kept or scattered.
By utilising a specialist provider, you know that your beloved horse will be given a goodbye with all the dignity they deserve.