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    07-06-2014, 10:06 PM
If I die, my horse goes with my mom, who is the co-owner. If both of us go, he goes to my cousin in Kansas, to her retirement farm. If she passes, he goes back to the rescue I got him from.
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    07-06-2014, 10:10 PM
Yes-spelled out in a will, with set dollar amount to be taken from the estate and used on the horse. Everyone really should get a will done-with all the specifics for yourself spelled out too, in event of worse case scenario.
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    07-06-2014, 10:24 PM
I definitely need to get my horses I'm order for if that day were to ever come.

Specifics on the horses, what they are worth, where they need to go, etc. Possibly even a "do not send to auction" clause.

Nice to know so many people have got wills in place.

I'm going into nursing and can't believe the amount of people I meet that are seriously ill that have no will. That are stuck in ICU, not in their right mind, and cannot make the choice to leave this world because they have no detailed written will with what they want done if something bad happens.
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    07-06-2014, 10:57 PM
My horse would be retired at a full care facility and my partner would pay his bills and visit him. As of right now, if both of us die my parents or sister would have him put down. No one in my family knows horses so they can't ensure the best care and there's too much possibility of things not turning out well for him. While my trainer is amazing, I can't ask her to be responsible for yet another horse until god knows when.
    07-06-2014, 11:11 PM
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When I got the news of my aggressive cancer, my horses were at the front of my mind. Dh thought he would keep them , but that only lasted a few days- With everything else on the farm, they would be short-changed-& he can feed , but he's not really a rider & 1 is only seven &full of energy & too small for his big frame I luckily got into hospice & the social worker there knew lots of people & I was able to sell my 2 mares & my sweet jenny burro to wonderful homes where they will be used & loved. What a relief that was!. And I al so get little feedbacks about them, which is so nice! Kudos to you for thining of this-it's an important subject!
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    07-06-2014, 11:19 PM
Four of my horses are at my parents and they will stay there. They know my wishes if they would like to sell/rehome. My mom would likely keep the ponies and Cody (retired gelding) and Obie would go to the girl who worked with him if she wants him. Otherwise, he will stay at my parents or be PTS if they need to place him and no suitable placement can be found.

Striker is co-owned by the rescue until August. If something happens after that, my BO/Trainer will place him. Considering his temperament, she may keep him as a future lesson horse.
    07-06-2014, 11:20 PM
Good question! You have made me think now. I guess my partner would care for our two horses in the short-term but he works very long hours and is a bit of a newbie. I would say he would probably sell them as he wouldn't be able to give them the amount of time that I can working part-time.
    07-06-2014, 11:21 PM
Cacowgirl, are you in hospice now?
    07-06-2014, 11:25 PM
When I was diagnosed with cancer the first time I made sure my parents could take care of my horses.
The last time I was diagnosed my children were in college and my parents both deceased. I made plans to send all the horses to the farm and my daughters and brother would decide if they wanted any of them . If not they were to be sold to good homes. Luckily my family has land and can care and feed for all of them for however long it takes to sell them.
My stallion Sam is not sound for riding and is 20. If a breeder cannot be found to take him he would be put down. So would most of the older retired broodmares. I ensure all my horses are broke to ride and well trained to increase their value.
Some of the mares might be bred and sold to breeders or given to some of the younger people I know interested in arabians. Shalom
    07-06-2014, 11:44 PM
I have thought of this many times. Talk about procrastination! We are in our 50's now with no children. None of our relatives except maybe my nieces would take the horses. But my nieces are 9 and 12. If something happened now my neighbor and breeder would take most of our 7 horses. I have told her this and she is okay with it.
I don't like to think about it, I don't have a will for anything yet. That procrastination thing again. Thanks for bringing it up for me and reminding me to reaffirm where the horses will go.

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