If your horse has been an important part of your life, don't forget to take him or her into consideration with your estate plan. Yes, it is a possibility that your horse could outlive you, and if that happens, you want to make sure that your horse continues to receive the best possible care. So how does this happen?
Make sure your instructions are clear
Write down what you would like to happen with your horse in the event that you die first. You can do this in a will, but after you die, a will has to go through probate, and during that time, your horse will still need food, shelter, water and care. You can make sure your horse is cared for in the interim period by creating a letter of last instructions providing practical instructions about how to care for your horse. This letter can specify, for example, who should take care of the horse, and important details about how you prefer that happen. A letter of last instructions is not legally binding, but it can be helpful in that it provides clear direction about your wishes instead of leaving loved ones to scramble to figure out care for your horse.