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    03-28-2011, 08:45 PM
  #1
Foal
Is your horse in your will?

I recently purchased my first horse, Rageous. What provisions has anyone done regarding their horse, in the event that something happened to you? Did you leave your horse to your family? Or give your horse to your Trainer or a fellow rider? I am thinking about setting up something that gives 49% ownership of him to my Trainer & 51% ownership to a good "barn friend".
     
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    03-28-2011, 09:05 PM
  #2
Trained
I don't currently have a will, however all of my friends/family has been told my wishes for my animals.

Mo (my dog) and Storm (my cat) are to stay with my parents. Part of my life insurance money will be used for their care if necessary.

I would like my parents to keep Sodehr and Lily for my neices but if they have no interest and want to sell I've asked that they get help from my friends to find them both good homes. Again part of my life insurance money will be used to care for them if my parents decide to keep them.

It's all well and good to gift an animal in a will, but you have to really think about the financial hardship you may be putting family/friends in. If you wish your animals to be cared for until the end of their lives you should make sure that the people can afford to do so (and can be trusted to do so).
     
    03-28-2011, 09:23 PM
  #3
Trained
I don't -- my horses will have to fend for themselves. :( Maybe I should think about this a bit. Not a problem if MDH is still around, but if left to the kids, I dunno what they would do. *THEY* wouldn't know what to do.

My mom had her horses in her will. One of them was to be put down; due to his history he wouldn't have been suitable for anyone that wasn't OCD. The other was willed to my sister.
     
    03-28-2011, 09:25 PM
  #4
Started
My BO/trainer is putting me in his will for his young horse. The horse is only 6. He told me if something were to happen to him...Zippy is too good of a horse to just sit in a field and he wouldn't be comfortable with anyone else having him. And he knows I will take care of him and ride him the way he would.

When he told me this I felt extremely honored. I don't know why but I did.
     
    03-28-2011, 10:32 PM
  #5
Trained
Do horses even hold up in a will? I keep meaning to put something together, but I've read that both will and living trusts do not hold up in terms of live possessions such as pets. My state does not recognize pet wills. I have yet to find out if horses are considered pets or livestock here and which form of will would hold up if it were ever contested. Once I figure out which piece of paper will hold up, I'll probably give him back to the woman who first sold him to me since she loves him too.
     
    03-28-2011, 10:46 PM
  #6
Banned
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Do horses even hold up in a will? I keep meaning to put something together, but I've read that both will and living trusts do not hold up in terms of live possessions such as pets. My state does not recognize pet wills. I have yet to find out if horses are considered pets or livestock here and which form of will would hold up if it were ever contested. Once I figure out which piece of paper will hold up, I'll probably give him back to the woman who first sold him to me since she loves him too.
I don't know, but that sounds wrong to not let you put something in your will. I'd want my horse going to someone I know that can care for her if I were to die.
     
    03-28-2011, 11:25 PM
  #7
Trained
I think they can go in your will as a possesion to despose of as you wish..
     
    03-29-2011, 03:05 PM
  #8
Weanling
I don't have a will, and I never thought about where any of my stuff would go. I have however thought of where I'd like my pets to go.

I hope my parents would take my two dogs. They'd be so happy living out on the farm, and they love my parents.

I hope my trainer would take my horse. She seems to like her well enough. At the very least she could train her and sell her and maybe make a small profit. I don't feel like anyone else would really know what to do with her, so she'd end up getting messed up somehow.

Does writing this here count as a legally binding agreement?? There's a load off my mind!
     

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