A leading British equine charity is calling on owners to ensure they make provision for their horses in their wills to safeguard their future.
World Horse Welfare acknowledged that preparing a will was not at the forefront of everyone’s mind, but it would be a wise move for Britain’s 446,000 horse owners to ensure they made arrangements for their animals.
It would, according to the charity, give people reassurance in knowing that their horses will be cared for.
Many people may leave their equines to friends or family, it said, but that relied on the person in question having the capabilities, experience and financial means to care for the animals.
Plus, if their circumstances changed unexpectedly, they could become unable to care for the horses themselves. Without an alternative plan, their options can be very limited.
Horses in Britain are legally classed as “chattels” − items of personal property grouped together with other possessions such as cars, jewellery, clothing and furniture. If they are not specifically mentioned in a will, horses will be simply passed on to next of kin and can even be used to pay off existing debts.
World Horse Welfare runs a scheme where owners can leave their horses to the charity in their will, safeguarding their long-term future.
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