we have agreed they stay with the surviving spouse, or they get euthanized.
I do not want to chance them going to auction, be sold to someone who would be abusive.
Most of mine are fairly old and or not rideable now. I figure thats what the credit card is for.
Same for my dogs and cats.
^^^this, pretty much to the letter for me.
In the last six months, I have laid my 27 & 29 year olds to rest on this farm. That leaves my 20 & 21 year olds. Mr. WTW knows if I'm not around, he is to have these two PTS'd.
If I am around and if comes down to only having one horse, Every vet and the vet techs have horses doing nothing in their pastures. I will borrow one of those pasture horses to keep my last horse company, until it's end time.
The borrowed horse can then go back to its rightful owner and I'm not left to worry about yet another horse because I'm too old to be worrying about that. I stopped buying/rehabbing then selling horses 30 years ago
That all said, if takes determination, Plans A, B, C, and D, and sacrifice to keep one horse much less more than one, thru ones entire lifetime.
"Nobody owns tomorrow" so to the younger ones, looking back on my own life's adventure with these horses:
say what you mean, mean what you say, have some backbone, always have a way to make a few dollars, more than one plan in case the first three don't work, and be prepared to lower your own standards if the horse means that much to you. Never have more horses than you can fit into your trailer, that's trouble waiting to happen right from the top.