Horse Gifting in a Will

Safeguard your horse’s future by entrusting World Horse Welfare to care for them after you’re gone.
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Safeguard your horse’s future by entrusting World Horse Welfare to care for them after you’re gone.
Request a free Horse gifting pack

Leaving your horse to charity in your Will

For horse owners, it can be worrying to think about who will look after your horse when you’re gone. Leaving your horse to World Horse Welfare in your Will is a way that you can ensure their future is safe and secure. As horse lovers, we know this is a big decision to make and want to reassure you that your horse(s) will receive the very best of care.

In our Horse Gifting guide  you will find all the information you need to make an informed decision, as well as an Equine Details Form where you can provide us with specific information about your horse’s needs and characteristics. This helps us best care for your horse and find them a suitable home with a loving rehomer when the time comes.

What will happen to my horse if I die?

Our Horse Gifting Guide provides information about leaving your horse to charity and safeguarding their future. It includes a step-by-step guide to what will happen if you choose to leave your horse to World Horse Welfare in your Will, as well as suggested Will wording for solicitors.

Should your horse outlive you, we will be notified by the Executor of your Will. Upon receipt of the appropriate documentation from your Executor World Horse Welfare will take ownership of your horse. We will act promptly to ensure your horse’s immediate needs are met and then take them into our care at one of our four Rescue and Rehoming Centres. They will be assessed by our expert team and given any treatment necessary before we aim to find them a loving home through our Rehome a Horse scheme when they are ready. If you choose to leave your horse(s) to World Horse Welfare in your Will they will remain in our ownership for the rest of their lives.

Once they come into our care, we will always act in your horse’s best interests. As the new owner, World Horse Welfare reserves the right to take steps to safeguard the health, welfare and quality of life of every horse we own. This may include, if it became necessary, compassionate euthanasia. Horse welfare is at the heart of everything we do.

"I decided I needed to ensure a safe, protected and certain future for my adored horse if I am not around to ensure his future. I have gifted him to World Horse Welfare along with a sum of money, my horsebox, tack rugs and equipment. I can think of no better place for him to go than to an organisation whose sole purpose is to rescue and rehome horses not as lucky as mine."

Heather Stopher

"I wanted to be able to help cover the costs of any equine I gifted to World Horse Welfare, as well as help lots of others who aren’t as fortunate as my own and to know that they are safe and have a secure future under the expert care of World Horse Welfare."

Sue Albone

"We take great care of every horse that comes through our doors, but I always think there is something special about a horse that’s been left to World Horse Welfare in a Will. Their owner wanted the best for them and that’s what we give them."

Eileen Gillen

What will happen to my horse?

If you choose to leave your horse, or horses, to World Horse Welfare in your Will they will remain in our ownership for the rest of their lives. Upon the execution of your Will, your horse(s) will be taken into the care of World Horse Welfare at one of our four Rescue and Rehoming Centres. Here, they will be assessed and given the time they need to adapt to their surroundings before we do all we can to find to find them a loving new home where they can enjoy a full and happy life. All potential rehomers, and their facilities, are assessed by World Horse Welfare for suitability, experience and compatibility before we rehome a horse. Further information about this scheme, should you want to know more, can be found on our Rehome a Horse page.

Once in our care, we will act in the best interests of your horse(s) which means, as the new owners, World Horse Welfare reserves the right to take action as to safeguard the health, welfare and quality of life of every horse we own. This may include, if it became necessary, compassionate euthanasia. When taking in groups of horses, each horse is assessed on its own merit which may mean it is integrated into a new herd or rehomed independently. As social animals, horses are very quick to make new friends and, in our experience, they happily adapt to new settings.

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Want to find out more?

Our free Horse Gifting Pack provides all the necessary information to allow you to make an informed decision about your horse’s future.

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