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        07-06-2014, 10:53 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    My parents would send my poor mare to an auction or give away for free...not their fault since they are both terrified of horses and don't have the money to care for her.

    But I've already told them that she would go to my friend/trainer who would resell her to a good home. I feel bad considering she would probably be what killed me but I would still hope that she's cared for :)
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        07-06-2014, 11:09 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    I have talked about that with my husband. If I were to die, he would keep and care for our two dogs and Leo would go to my trainer. My trainer in turn would most likely re-sell him, but she knows and likes him well, and she does not send horses to auction.
    My husband is not into horses, so I don't think it would be fair to him or Leo to hang onto him.
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        07-06-2014, 11:14 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    My guy would go to a friend who is actually currently caring for him for me. I know I'll never worry about him not being taken care of.
         
        07-06-2014, 11:15 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    It can be a very difficult thing to think about. Four of my six would have to be euthanized.
    Dani is a 23 yr old ApHC mare going blind from uveitis.
    Luvy is a 21 yr old POA with only one eye and blind in it.
    Nix is a 17 year old pony with severe allergies or sweet itch.
    And Beau is a shetland in his early 20s and looks like he is beginning Cushings. I can't imagine anyone would want to take any of them on, the odds are way too high they'd end up neglected or in a Mexican slaughterhouse.
    Cayenne is my beautiful 12 yr old Arabian gelding and Cheyenne is such a beautiful leopard POA, 9 yr old mare. Both very healthy and fairly well broke. I need to get the finishing touches done, but I've got a friend who could either take them or find good homes.
    My biggest worry are the 14 cats.
         
        07-07-2014, 12:09 AM
      #25
    Green Broke
    I only have one horse, and live away from family so it's not so hard.

    I've told my mother that she must take my dog, and cannot give it to certain family members who seem to have their eye on her (but I don't like how they care for animals). However, if I die I told her to sell my horse to a good home, doesn't matter about the money.

    Not much else to be done really.
         
        07-07-2014, 12:46 AM
      #26
    Weanling
    My mom and I share joint care of the horses. If she were to pass I inherit her house and I would keep them. If I die it wouldn't affect how she takes care of the horses so I'm sure she would keep them. In the event that we both go they will be returned to the care of the vet we got them from. He would attempt to find new homes but I bet they would wind up euthanized. It's not easy to find home for old broken down horses.
         
        07-07-2014, 01:29 AM
      #27
    Foal
    I have made sure that my horses are in my will. My 2 horses will be in the care of my granddaughter with my 2 daughters looking after the money for their upkeep which I will leave the horses. One of my horses was badly abused before I got him so I couldn't bear the thought that he may be sold and that could happen to him again. Not that my granddaughter would part with them as she loves them as much as I do. My girls have instructions to put the horses to sleep if ever a time comes that they can no longer care for them. That was a really hard decision for me to make but the only one I felt I could make for the boys.
         
        07-07-2014, 01:44 AM
      #28
    Weanling
    If just I were to die, my mom would take over control of my animals. Including Bandit, my dog and my parrot. She would most certainly keep my dog, perhaps rehome the parrot and sell my horse. If we were both to pass, my boyfriend would have control. He would keep my dog, parrot and sell my horse. They both like my horse but can't ride or handle him like me. He is not beginner friendly and a bit hot. I'm sure either would make sure he goes to a good home.

    If my dad were still alive, he would keep everything. He knows what they mean to me and is able with horses. Or was.
         
        07-07-2014, 07:57 AM
      #29
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    Once upon a time, I had designated a person to take care of two of the four, with the other two getting PTS'd.

    Enough years have passed and the youngest (19) has severe insulin resistance and, has foundered, is frustrating & and expensive to manage, so now they all would get PTS'd if something happens to me.

    My horses are 19, 20, coming 27, & 28 and I spend a bloody fortune on all of them. They would go downhill fast in 99% of even the most experienced horse owner's hands because nobody wants than kind of expense.

    Just because "it is so written" in the Will, does not guarantee your wishes will be carried out, where the horses are concerned. It costs a lot of money to PTS a horse, then get the back hoe out to lay it to rest.

    My vet, the farriers, my horse neighbor, and an old trail riding friend all know that somebody had better get my horses put down "five minutes ago", if something happens to me and my husband doesn't take action. He says he will but he's also a coward when it comes to PTS'ng a dog, even when he clearly understands it's the more humane thing for the dog.

    Whatever arrangements you make today, be sure to re-evaluate those arrangements every five years. It is amazing how situations and friendships can change (for better or worse) in that small time frame
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        07-07-2014, 09:19 AM
      #30
    Yearling
    An air tight will is your friend! I have mine made up and I'm at the young age of 19! Haha

    My horses (even though it's not in my will yet) will be taken to live at my grandparents country home if they still have it. If not they will either be pasture boarded someplace where the family can use them or lease them out or if the wish to sell them they will go through my trainer (if I die before her) to find the perfect home. If there is no one to help them sell then they will be kept until such a time. However with how good my family is with animals I don't doubt that they will have a good home regardless.

    My dogs will be kept in the family, either with neices/nephews or other family who wants to give them a good home. Same with my cats. This is actually in my will that states that the dogs/cats cannot be given to a shelter or given away, they need to stay in the family. Always good to have a plan!!!
         

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