What to Do if Your Horse Dies
By Dr. Jennifer Williams
While we all want our equine friends to be with us forever, far too often accidents, injuries, and old age take them from us. Unfortunately, many people don’t know what to do with their horse’s body.
If you own your own land, burial may be an option for you. Before making plans to bury your horse, though, you need to check with the county or city you live in to make sure there are no laws to prohibit you from burying your horse. You will need to rent a backhoe or hire a backhoe to dig the hole, and you will need a tractor to drag your horse into the hole. Costs for burials will vary depending on whether or not you have to rent or hire a backhoe.
At home burial service:
Assurance Livestock Services
130 Ranch Road, New Waverly, TX 77338
This can be done, but we don’t recommend it! It takes an amazing amount of wood, and it can take days or even weeks to complete the task. Additionally, the stench is almost unbearable.
You may be able to have your horse cremated, but this may cost anywhere from $500 - $1,500.
Live Oak Pet Services, Inc.
45 Miles NW of Houston and 25 Miles from College Station
Pine Hill Pet & Horse Cemetery and Crematory
3020 Hwy 81 N
Bowie, TX 76230
Premier Pet memorial and Crematory
Rainbow Bridge of Texas
South Central Equine Crematory
(Located on the premises of the Waller Equine Hospital)
28232 FM 2920 Rd.
Waller, TX 77484
If you know of any cremation services for horses, please contact us.
Some county and city landfills will accept horses. Most landfills charge you by weight, and many will dig a hole to place your horse’s body in and cover the hole. If you don’t have a way to get your horse’s body to the landfill, you can ask them for recommendations. Sometimes wrecker services will use a flatbed trailer to haul your horse’s body to the landfill for you.
Rendering services will take your horse’s body to “recycle”. They will use the meat for carnivorous animals, and they will also use the skin, hooves, and bones for various items. Rendering services need to pick up your horse’s body as soon as possible, and many will charge for the service.
515 Pontiac Ave.
East Texas Stock Removal
Route 6 270
Sulphur Springs, TX 75492
The following have the same contact phone number - 806.364.0951
Dublin Stock Removal - Erath County
Plainview Bi-products - Hale County
Abilene Bi-products - Taylor County
Tom Greene Processing - Tom Green County
Froina Bi-Products - Palmer County
Stratford Bi-Products - Sherman County
P.O. Box 193
Collin, Dallas and Tarrant County
Valley By Products
P.O. Box 628
El Paso County
The Final Ride – Luling, Texas - 830-875-5516
Bergheim Hauling - Large Animal Removal - Buried not Rendered
7 days a week - Call Candy Nagle at 210-264-6293 - San Antonio area
Brad Jordan - deceased livestock removal - servicing Williamson, Travis, Burnet and surrounding counties - 512-689-0224
Livestock Recovery Resources
If you know of other rendering services, please contact us and we’ll add them to our list.
Some pet cemeteries will accept horses. Some will pick up your horse’s body while others may refer you to people who can help you get your horse to the cemetery.
Bluebonnet Pet Cemetary
2720 Bryson Road
Pine Hill Pet Cemetery
Pine Hill Pet Inc.
3020 Highway 81 N
Bowie, Texas 76230-6347
If you know of any pet cemeteries who accept horses, please contact us and we’ll add them to this page.