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post #11 of 38 Old 05-20-2015, 05:06 AM
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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.
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post #12 of 38 Old 05-20-2015, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by stevenson View Post
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.
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post #13 of 38 Old 05-20-2015, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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I would like to hear from the young people. Do you just not worry about it? Or plan to let mom and dad handle it.
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post #14 of 38 Old 05-20-2015, 10:47 AM
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I would like to hear from the young people. Do you just not worry about it? Or plan to let mom and dad handle it.
I'm 19 not sure if that counts? My parents have nothing to do with my horse as I don't live at home and pay for everything myself.

If I die or I am rendered incapable of looking after them etc I would have a list of people (close friends that are into horses and have the experience) that I would ask my fiancÚ to go through to see if anyone would take my gelding on, if my fiancÚ couldn't find someone to take him and he didn't want to keep him then I would want him euthanised. My gelding was already 300kg underweight when I got him I don't want him to suffer that again. Not fool proof but worth a go.

Also I would put that if my friends no longer wanted him to ask my fiancÚ if he wanted him back if not possibly the same outcome.

If my parents were involved I know for a fact they would just sell him on without a thought as they are not horse people :)
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post #15 of 38 Old 05-20-2015, 10:48 AM
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I'm only 22, but I know crazy things happen and if anything happened to me I would want to know everything is taken care of.

I have a contract between my barn owner and I that if I were to keel over dead tomorrow, she would have all of my horses registration papers put in her name and she would sell him from there.
I trust her to sell him to the right person, she knows how much he means to me.

It's always good to have a back up plan no matter how old you are.
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post #16 of 38 Old 05-20-2015, 01:27 PM
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I think I am one of the "irresponsible young people" you mentioned because I have my pony at the stud right now and have two horses. we go. I pay all the expenses for my pony. I pay all the vet bills for the two horses. My parents only pay for hay and that is because neither of those horses are actually mine, they are my parents, I just ride them because I don't have one, and that is why I am looking to get one.
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post #17 of 38 Old 05-20-2015, 01:32 PM
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I still consider myself young (27). I really didn't think about the "when I'm gone" scenarios until I started having health issues. Now I am very aware that time is limited and while I don't fear or fret about it, I feel better knowing we have a plan in place. I have been a bit complacent, though, and this plan has just been talked about with DH, parents and a few close horse friends. I need to get it in writing and notarized.

ETA: I just realized I haven't even explained my plan! Basically if I die or become disabled (which with my health issues is a possibility in the future) the horses will be taken care of by DH or a trusted horse friend until sold to good homes (no auction). If the horses are old and unsound, they will be offered as pasture pets or PTS, depending on the circumstance. Since we are not having children, if we still have horses in our golden years, I will find an exercisize rider or the like and if I trust them, they will be in charge of rehoming.
If I become disabled in the near future, my mom will take possession of the horses, but she is aging as well, so that is only a short term plan.

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post #18 of 38 Old 05-20-2015, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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The question is not who pays now. What would happen, if you were hurt long term, or not here at all? We all have to plan for emergency vet bills, etc. We also need to have some type of plan, verbal or written, as to what and by who will happen to our horses. I have seen a lot over the years that were left in a pasture by theirselfs and were taken by animal control or sold at auction. The person that owned them had died. I know one person that was hurt very bad. She now has a horse that she will never ride again. She loves him. So is the horse to be kept for another 20 years? Is this what is best for the horse?
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post #19 of 38 Old 05-20-2015, 01:45 PM
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I'm in my early 20's and I have my will drawn out. In my will I place my horses in the care of these people in this order:

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A lesson kid or two who I know very well and know their family would do right by my horses.

The game plan for this is that if I should die I have certain horses who will be kept (I have an account at the moment which is filling up with funds to support them till the end of their days). A horse that has given service to me will be kept on a nice farm and given the best life possible.

The others are in my 'book' which consists of what they are trained to do, an appraisal and their personality. These horses will be given to my parents and/or trainer who will have first dibs, then if they are not a good fit they will be sold/given to a good home.

I think the most important thing to note is that I know that everyone on my list will work TOGETHER to give my animals the best chance possible. I know that my mother would not sell my 'non sellables' and my trainer would find room for them at her barn. I know that the lesson kids would jump at the chance to have one of my horses if only for a pasture pet and give it the best life possible. But I know that none of these people would try to make money off of my animals and I know that they wouldn't bicker and argue.

That being said in a worst case scenario my family knows that it is okay to put the horses down.

The most valuable things I have are my animals, and my family and friends know that everything they do when I'm gone is to benefit the animals.

The lawyer who drew it up thought I was crazy because there is nothing in there about my house, my car, my assets, et cetera. He said: "You don't want people to fight do you?" And I said: "If they're gonna fight over stupid material possessions then I want them to kill each other over it and do the world a favor. I WANT my animals taken care of. The house can rot with the fighters."
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post #20 of 38 Old 05-20-2015, 01:48 PM
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I'm youngish (32) with the mind of a twenty year old and the body of a 70 year old (I joke with my husband that I was meant to die at birth had it been left to nature back in the day, so this is my bodies pay back)

Anyhow I have 3 dogs, 2 chickens and 1 horse.
As of now my plan is to let them all die naturally and only have one horse.

My boy is currently 18, though he acts 4, if he were to outlive me I often worry about what would happen as he is quite the handful if not treated respectfully and with patience.

I do have a handwritten will that in the event of my death my husband must be able to ask least give the love that I would have to all my animals and meet their necessary needs.

As time is moving on more I am coming to grips with the reality of having surgery soon that may impact my ability to properly care for my horse, or it could kill me who knows...

Either way I'm going to start having my husband learn how to lunge my boy and such so that in the event of something happening he is better suited to be able to care for my boy....

I told him about my "will" though I have not let him see it.

All I know is my greatest fear is leaving behind my animals with no one to care for them ....
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