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post #1 of 31 Old 07-06-2014, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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What would happen to your horses if you were to die?

I got thinking on the way home at night. My parents and I were out to dinner. We all drove in the same vehicle. Accidents happen. What if we all would have died? Where would my animals go? What would happen to them?

I know where our dogs would go.

But the horses? We have 5. It's no easy task. We have no other family members that would take them. My relatives know nothing about horses. We are the only horse family. How do you sell an animal to a good home when you know nothing about the animal or how to go about selling one in the first place?

I'm 25. And I need a will. Just incase.

I need to write down what my horses do, how much they are worth and so on, to give them a chance at a proper future outside of our family. Just incase my mom and I had an accident.

I'm thinking I'd leave the selling details to my trainer. She has met and worked with all my horses. Knows them all fairly well and would find good homes for them.


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post #2 of 31 Old 07-06-2014, 10:33 AM
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Absolutely. Carefully spelled out so there is no problem.
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post #3 of 31 Old 07-06-2014, 10:51 AM
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My horses would miss me so much, they would curl up under trees and die from loneliness!
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post #4 of 31 Old 07-06-2014, 11:00 AM
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Arabian Horse Rescue will re-home mine if I still have any.
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post #5 of 31 Old 07-06-2014, 11:09 AM
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My horse would probably be given to my trainer. My parents know nothing about my horse and my trainer doesn't have the money to feed him without my board $ and he is injured so he can't bring in money from lessons/lease.
He would be sold.
Crazy to think about that at 18 but stuff happens.
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post #6 of 31 Old 07-06-2014, 11:20 AM
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One of my relatives would pay for my horse(s) to live out their days in some big pasture, probably xD
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post #7 of 31 Old 07-06-2014, 11:34 AM
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CLaPorte- that is something we all need to think about isn't it?!
We don't have the animals written in a will, but my sister knows she gets all the animals, along with our daughter and our life insurance policies to pay for all of it (daughter and monies are in the will).
Right now, we have 2 horses, and possibly are getting DD one soon, so said sister would end up with 3 horses, 2 dogs, 4 cats, and 15 chickens!! The idea being that my sister and her family would work out DD moving in with them, and then also a boarding barn for the horses near them, as she herself will need lessons and instruction on their care, along with DD at that point needing them more.
And my parents live 3 miles up the road, and would most definitely help with figuring out the arrangements for all.
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post #8 of 31 Old 07-06-2014, 11:35 AM
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JC (29 years old) is to be euthanized the day I die. Hubby and everyone else in my family knows this.

If hubby and I die separately the one remaining would continue caring for them. If we go at the same time then family members who want any of them can have them (I have several horse people in my family) and find good homes for the rest.

With the horse market the way it is giving them to a rescue is a good idea. I'll have to remember to tell my sister (executor in the event hubby & I go at the same time) she can do that.
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post #9 of 31 Old 07-06-2014, 12:09 PM
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DH has instructions to offer first chance of buying to my horse's previous owner. If she can't take him or doesn't want him, then he's to send him to my jumping trainer to be sold. I trust her to find him a new home where he'll be loved and continue to be ridden and trained.

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post #10 of 31 Old 07-06-2014, 12:15 PM
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I have a contract with my barn owner that if I die Levi goes to her. Other members of my family don't have the means to take on another horse let alone one with PSSM like Levi. My BO is a wonderful woman who loves Levi like her own so I know he will be fine. If she has to sell him she'll make sure he has the best of homes.
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