Even though horses are an asset to us, the courts usually treat them as pets unless there is a custody or $$ value fight. That's why they will usually accept a letter like this from a professional-they just want to get the issue out of the way!
I just wanted to clear up a bit of information for those that may be reading this thread and not understand or not aware of the law. Horses, along with other animals, are considered "chattel" or personal property in the eyes of the law. If a dispute arises over a horse or horses, it is up to each side to prove value. They definitely will not be treated like the "family dog" in court. ;) In some cases, divorce in particular, they may agree to hire one person to determine the value of the horse...which is when someone like myself gets hired - either to work jointly for both sides, or only hired by the Plaintiff or Defendant.
Thanks for the kind comments updownrider. I definitely perform a variety of appraisals for clients in both Canada and the United States.
You probably won't find any appraisal companies that understand the horse world or specialize in it but you do have an option.
I own an appraisal company that does just that! ;) I am an Equine Canada Senior judge & steward, United States Equestrian Federation Recognized judge, on various EC & USEF Committees, inspector for various breed organizations, breeder, trainer, competitor with 20+ years experience and have been performing equine appraisals for approximately 18 years.