Frequently Asked Questions

If you have addition questions, please contact us.

  • What is your service area?

Based at Nanton, Alberta, Just Passing end of life services are available throughout Western
Canada. We now have representatives serving Northern and Southern Alberta.
Contact Just Passing for more detailed information, scheduling, and rates in your area. Ask if
local rates apply at your location.

  • What kind of trailers do you use?

Just Passing has three large stock trailers, 20′ to 24′, each equipped with a winch, to assist us in gently and discreetly removing deceased horses.

  • How do you know when it is time to consider euthanasia?

This is one of the toughest questions of all and Jeff Slade is always available to discuss this
with you. The answer and the situation are different with every horse.
Discussing all possible alternatives with Jeff, friends, family, and your veterinarian will help
you feel more comfortable with your decision.

  • Will the horse be tranquilized prior to euthanasia?

Only your vet is authorized to administer tranquilizer to the horse, and if it is necessary, they
may use it as part of the euthanasia process. Tranquilizer is not usually necessary or used when Just Passing is conducting the procedure.

  • What happens at the time of horse’s death?

Veterinary-assisted euthanasia is usually provided on farm. There may be times that trailering
the horse to the vet’s clinic is required.
A lethal dose of sedative is administered by syringe or catheter. The drug takes effect over
the course of several minutes.
Alternately, Just Passing provides humane euthanasia using a small caliber firearm in a safe
and discreet manner. Death is immediate.

  • How do we know when the life spirit has left the horse’s physical body?

The last conscious reflex is the ability to blink. When the eye is unresponsive to physical
stimulation, such as touch, we know that the horse has gone.
In the final moments, a number of anatomical changes take place, as the body shuts down.
Your horse may move its legs or head, as muscles spasm and contract. It may even breathe
deeply. These are expected reflexes and don’t mean that your horse is in pain or is suffering.

  • Will the horse be disfigured?

A small caliber rifle is used which usually leaves a small 1 cm entry hole. It does not usually
leave an exit hole. Some blood may be expelled from the horse’s nose and mouth, and from
the bullet hole.

  • Does the owner have to present when the horse is euthanized?

Some owners choose to stay while the vet and/or the Just Passing representative complete the
process. For your safety, always follow their instructions.
If you prefer, you can say your final goodbyes and then trust Just Passing to treat your horse
with compassion, dignity, and respect.

  • Will it affect the other horses?

When a horse is separated from the herd for euthanasia, the separation can be very stressful
for all the horses. When euthanasia is conducted on-site in full view of the herd, it has been
our experience that the other horses may gather close to the barn or paddock and
communicate with each other. After a brief period, they will disperse, sensing that the
euthanized horse has passed.

  • The horse is already deceased, can you remove the body?

Yes, please contact Just Passing immediately at 403-680-4177 or toll free at 1-844-680-4177
for expedited service.

  • What are the options for the horse’s remains?

Just Passing provides the following options:
— Cremation by Mountain Meadows Equine Cremations in Nanton. Additional agreement
required and fees will apply.
— Burial at an appropriate landfill site.
— Donation for education purposes *limited availability. Horse must have had a natural death or been euthanized by rifle, horse’s medical history and work life to be provided, horse conformation pictures preferred.

Should the owner choose to dispose of the body yourself, you must know and follow strict
provincial guidelines for large animal disposal. Read the regulations here:
Owners considering this option are responsible for learning and following all provincial
guidelines; and Just Passing is released from all responsibility.

Just Passing will gladly discuss which options are best-suited for you and your horse.

“I have been worked with Greg Alexander and Just Passing for over 20 years and have recognized him to be a compassionate steward of the human/equine bond and a patron of equine rights. The role that he has undertaken in “Just Passing” has been vital for many years to service the horse owning public. In many ways, he has assisted horses to end their years with dignity, and yet in a practical way.”

Dr. Greg Andrews, Moore Equine Veterinary Centre

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