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.
The charity say that preparing a will provides reassurance in knowing that your horse or horses will be cared for, should you no longer be able to do so.
World Horse Welfare runs a unique scheme where owners can leave their horses to the charity in their will, safeguarding their 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, but as with all horses on the scheme, they remain the property of World Horse Welfare for life giving them a secure future.
Horses are legally classed as ‘chattels’, which are items of personal property that 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 Chief Field Officer, Claire Gordon, said: “In my role at World Horse Welfare, I see both extremes of horse welfare. While I have first-hand experience of great suffering, I am also privileged to share in the acts of great compassion and empathy shown by those who leave their horses to us in their will.
“I remember each and every one of the lucky horses whose owners loved and cared for them so much that they saw their responsibilities to their horse’s welfare reaching beyond their lifetime. Each wanted peace of mind that their beloved horse would be well cared for in the event that tragedy should strike.
“Helping people to ensure the well-being of their beloved horse when they are gone touches my heart and leaves its mark on me. The kindness and love shown to an animal often during a most difficult and private time of their life inspires me in my work. They help to redress the balance of the great acts of cruelty I sadly witness.”
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