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post #1 of 38 Old 05-19-2015, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Plan to get rid of my horse(s)

I thought that I would put this here so new people could relate to it. I think that it is something that all horse owners should keep in their minds. Everyone that has a horse should have a plan or idea how to get rid of the horse. I know "I WILL KEEP HIM FOREVER". But what we plan is not always the case. Young people grow up, go away to school, get married, get a job or change jobs. With age comes health problems, accidents. Are you alway going to be able to take care of your horse or even be here. We have a few young people on this forum that talk about buying more horses, breeding horses and keeping them all forever. Becareful! We all need to think before getting a herd that, if something happened to us, would have to be taken care of by parents, friends, or go to a rescue or the meat market .
I am 63, have a heart problem, had kidney cancer and lung cancer. What would happen to my horses? I may have to slow down, I may not have the money for all of them. My wife can not take care of all of them. I have a plan in my head and I plan to put it on paper for my family, in case I am not here. What horses should be sold first. Who can be trusted to help on the sale. Which ones goes next and the ones I think should go last. We already keep health records and I want to add training records and my comments on how they ride, handle, pick up feet, etc. I don't want them to be left in the pasture to die without food, water and care.
It is best to plan, in case something happens. Most of us do not have an unlimited amount of money and someday we may not have a choice.
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post #2 of 38 Old 05-19-2015, 12:48 PM
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I share your pragmatic and practical views of horse ownership. I have a plan for my horses should they need to be sold. I have also a limit to how much to spend on them in an emergency before the decision is made to euthanize if need be. In a perfect world these plans will never be executed, but this is not a perfect world.
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post #3 of 38 Old 05-19-2015, 01:09 PM
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well said!
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post #4 of 38 Old 05-19-2015, 02:23 PM
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Very good idea.
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post #5 of 38 Old 05-19-2015, 02:35 PM
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I only have one horse but at my age I think it is good to have a plan and mine is simple, my horse and all my horse "stuff" goes to my sister. She is younger than me and I hope she will have my horse for years and then she will have to come up with a plan but there are other family members that would be able to take my horse.
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post #6 of 38 Old 05-19-2015, 04:19 PM
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I also have a plan, I will give mine to friends that will use them (the riding mules) Im not worried about them because I have offers on the table for them now.

The two mares that are currently pg with mule foals for 2016 will probably go back to the breeder so that she can market the colts, then she will either keep or sell the mares.

The two mini donkeys I do not have a plan for, minis are a dime a dozen here, tons of CL ads for them.

I have discussed this with my two kids, I am not married so I don't have to worry about a husband not following through.

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post #7 of 38 Old 05-19-2015, 05:34 PM
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Very well said, and I wish more people could read this! And the thing is, it's not even just horses, it's the same with any other animal / pet.

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post #8 of 38 Old 05-19-2015, 06:14 PM
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I think there's a strong desire to avoid the subject. Anyone who has young children should have a will that determines who will become the guardian in case of the parents' death. But most people never put it in writing, because they can't think of anyone they would trust with their children.

Horses are a less extreme case, but one of the reasons the rescues are full is because when people go broke they go into denial and starve their horses because they can't bear to sell them. A less tragic situation is when girls discover dating and their horse fixation fades. They won't hear of selling Precious, but dad is doing all the work and paying all the money, and Precious has become a pasture ornament. Dad can either put his foot down and risk estrangement of his daughter, or he can care for a horse for the rest of his life.

Just one more reason why your daughter's first horse should be 20-25 years old.
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post #9 of 38 Old 05-19-2015, 11:35 PM
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I've put a self imposed ban on myself for acquiring any more horses. If I live a normal lifespan and my horses do as well they should all be gone before me, the kicker will be staying healthy enough to take care of them. My niece, who is also a horse person, has agreed to take them on if the normal doesn't happen. She will probably keep some and the remaining find good homes for or euthanize if necessary. They are not to go to an auction under any circumstances. This is spelled out in my will along with funds provided to cover the expenses. The executor of my will is also clear on it as is hubby.
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post #10 of 38 Old 05-19-2015, 11:53 PM
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My hubby is on the registration papers with my and he had promised 24983904 times that if I keel over dead my horse will be a fat pasture puff forever (unless the girls want to ride him)
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