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Have you provided for you horse in your will?


Slightly morbid topic, I know, but I was reading this article from The Horse about 40 Arabians that were recently put into the care of Arabian Rescue Mission (ARM) [warning: if you go to this site, their homepage has a graphic photo of a dead horse] after their owner died.  Perhaps those crazy cat ladies who left $20k to Mr. Fluffybottom weren’t crazy after all!

According to the article, the owner went on the ultimate journey; the same one we’re all going to take sooner or later, in December 2011 and didn’t leave any provision in his will for the care of his horses.

The herd of Arabs has been looked after by a caretaker for 3 years as the, now deceased (in case that wasn’t previously made clear), owner returned home to India in 2008.  Apparently, even though the owner of the horses was ill and on another continent, they didn’t feel the need to  stop or even slow down the horse’s mass reproduction (those damn fornicators), seeing as the herd consists of foals and some of the mares may currently be pregnant.

I’m sorry if all this sounds callous, but something about this story just doesn’t sit right.  Even if there wasn’t a specific provision in the guys will for the care of the horses, he was obviously funding this operation from overseas (or it was making money – which in this economy, and given the upcoming details, would be slightly shocking) so why then did his family decide to stop funding it upon his death?  Logic would dictate that ownership of the horses would have transferred to someone and it would then be their responsibility to care for and rehome the horses, would it not?  Sure, the article says they’ve been trying since December, but according to this other article, apparently the horses have “been dwindling in health since their owner became ill”.  Methinks perhaps there be a few missing details to this saga.  Yarrr.

(directly from ARM’s website)

Directly from the rescue’s website:

“Many have never been touched, are not halter broke and have injuries. Most are not registerable, as they have been living in groups including young males, and some may be in foal.”

And you say it was a breeding operation?  Uh huh…

In another article the founder of the rescue is quoted as saying she hopes “nobody puts the owners or the guy who helped them down because they did the very best they could”.  That could well be the case in the time since the owner died.  However, this was not a responsible breeding operation, problems were certainly on the horizon, it was just a matter of time.  The “best they could” should have included halter breaking and gelding, at the very least.

There are definitely a few holes in this story.  But, then again, does it all matter?  Dudes dead, horses are now being properly looked after and rehomed (although, honestly, good luck with that!  Who wants an unhandled, unregisterable horse?).  Case closed, let’s move on to the next asshat.  There’s a long line, we don’t want to keep them waiting!

Ready? On three.  1…2…3…

BIG EYE ROLL

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Posted on February 27, 2012, in horse, Snarky Rider Awards and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. I’m with you on this one. Something about this story just doesn’t smell right… And honestly, I can smell it from here.

    • Right?! There’s just something off about it. I don’t know if you checked out the rescue’s website but who puts a bleeping photo like that on their homepage?!?!! IT WON’T LEAVE MY HEAD!

      • Itsaboutthehorse

        It showed a horse from the herd that died. As hard as it may have been to look at in a photograph…you should imagine what it was like to find it in person as the rescue did. The situation needed urgent attention and that picture showed that.

  2. Sort of Anonymous

    I for one have provisions in place for my animals if I pass before they do. When I was in the military, my animals’ caregivers would have gotten a quarter mil if I kicked it. Sadly, now they would get less. 😉

  3. I also have made arrangements for my animals, in my will. It gives tremendous peace of mind to know they will be taken care of after I’ve ridden off in to the permanent sunset.

    As for the Arabians, I agree, something does not seem right. Nobody should own that many horses. Who sets out to have an over-breeding operation? I just don’t understand that mindset.

  4. Itsaboutthehorse

    Apparently a LOT of people as the horses all had homes within two days 🙂

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