Owners Urged to Safeguard their Horses’ Futures
As part of its sixth annual Legacy Awareness Week (11th – 19th Sept), leading international horse charity, World Horse Welfare, is calling on the UK’s 446,000 horse owners to ensure they make provision for their horses in their Wills - safeguarding their future should the worst happen.
Preparing a Will is not forefront of everyone’s mind but having one in place helps to provide reassurance in knowing that your horse or horses will be cared for should you no longer be able to do so. Many people may leave their equines to friends or family, but that relies on the person in question having the capabilities, experience and financial means to care for a horse or horses as the case may be. Plus, if their circumstances change unexpectedly, they could become unable to care for the horses themselves and without a ‘plan b’ their options can be very limited.
Horses are legally classed as ‘chattels’, items of personal property which are 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 very popular scheme where owners can leave their horses to the charity in their Will, safeguarding their long-term future. The scheme began in 1990 and has more than 800 horse owners who have registered their equines with the charity and left a financial gift to provide for their care. Horses gifted to World Horse Welfare in a Will are found loving new homes through the charity’s rehoming scheme where they can bring joy and friendship to another family or individual, but as with all horses on the scheme, they remain the property of World Horse Welfare for life giving them a secure future and their welfare is regularly checked by the charity’s team of Field Officers and Rehoming Officers.
- Jennifer and her horse, Crystal
Norfolk resident, Jennifer Blenkiron has been a World Horse Welfare supporter for over 30 years and recently registered her horses on the charity’s scheme. She said:
“I chose to leave my horses to World Horse Welfare to safeguard their future as I need to be sure that any horse I own at the time of my death shall be looked after by an organisation I have trusted and supported for over 30 years. I will continue to support it as much as I can in the future.
“Having two hip replacements and three knee ops done before the age of 47, I was well aware at an early age that sometimes things don’t go according to plan and you must adapt to your circumstances and prepare for the future.
“Of course, I don`t intend to leave this earth for many years and when I do, should I own any horses then they are signed over to World Horse Welfare. Should I not own any horses by then, I still have provision in my Will for World Horse Welfare to benefit financially so they can continue to help the many horses who so desperately need it.
“It`s a win-win situation and it leaves me worry-free to enjoy today, tomorrow and the rest of my life with my beautiful horses.”
To find out more about gifting your horse to World Horse Welfare in your Will please visit: http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/Leaving-your-horse-in-your-Will