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Re: [RC] [RC] what to do with horses after owner dies - Ridecamp Guest

Please Reply to: Linda B. Merims dkfritz@xxxxxxx or ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Kathy Kelly said:

An elderly neighbor's wife died last week, she had 2 older >horses, a qrtr 
horse and an arab, that she cared for.  He is >unable to care for them, but he 
doesn't want to euthanize them >becuase he knows his wife wouldn't have wanted 

If the horses were registered, find their papers.
Most breed organizations will have a history of who
owned the horse that they'll gladly tell you, along
with last known address, and even phone number, sometimes.
(With Morgans, it is right on the second page of the papers.)

Offer the horses back to any one of the previous owners.
Offer the horses back to their breeder--particularly if
it is a mare.

Many's the exceptionally-bred mare who was sold by her
breeder to what she thought was a producing home, only
to have the horse change hands and descend the ownership
ladder into obscurity.  For Morgan fans, the best mare
Mabel Owen ever bred--a mare who had won major Park Saddle
championships in New England--ended up in some teenager's
backyard in rural New Brunswick when the owner died and the
estate's executor was absolutely clueless about who/what the
mare was.  The teenager kept the mare in poor stabling
conditions and she ended up being put down after she broke
a leg when a stud tied 3 feet away from her tried to climb
over the gelding between them to get to her and fell on her.

There were half a dozen people in New England who would have
paid well into five figures for that mare.  It broke Mabel's
heart when she found out.

The exceptional case, of course, but you never know...

Linda B. Merims
Norris, TN


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