A few months ago I began sponsoring a Tennessee Walking Horse at a horse sanctuary. When the sanctuary ran out of room to keep her well, they offered to give her to me, and I'm now keeping her at the barn and pasture that used to belong to my great-grandparents.
The horse (her barn name has been "Blackie," but I've taken to calling her "Jubilee" after her registered name) was born in 2003 and the breeder sold her to someone in 2009 who eventually gave Jubilee back to him when she got through showing her.
Jubilee ended up as a broodmare for awhile and then got a blindness in one of her eyes, so the breeder planned to take her to auction until the horse sanctuary owner, fearing the horse would end up slaughtered, offered to take her off his hands.
The owner of the sanctuary has offered to give me the horse's papers. I've noticed that Jubilee's certificate of registration is still in the name of the woman who bought her in 2009.
Should I bother getting the registration transferred to my name? How would I do that if I didn't officially purchase the horse?
While I signed a sponsorship contract previously, there was no form for adoption. The horse sanctuary owner simply wanted me to agree to let her know before I sell or give the horse to anyone.