Euthanasia is always a difficult subject to discuss. We will do everything we can to help you through the process and make the necessary arrangements should the worst happen but there are some important practical considerations that it is best to be aware of.


  • Most insurance companies DO NOT cover the costs of removing a body and/or cremation. We have to pay for these services at the time and therefore expect payment within 30 days.
  • Generally horses will be cremated as a group unless you request otherwise in which case we can arrange for individual cremation. However, there is a significant cost implication.
  • Insurance companies typically don’t pay for a post-mortem but in their small print often expect one to be done. You should contact your insurers prior to euthanasia and advise us if a post mortem is required.
  • The criteria for satisfying an insurance claim for mortality are strict. Just because you (and/or we) think that euthanasia is in the best interest of the horse the insurance company may not cover you for mortality unless all treatment options have been exhausted. If possible, it is worth checking your policy and speaking to your insurers about a mortality claim before euthanasia is performed.