Morbid thoughts/Making arrangements for my favorite horse when I'm no longer around
So, DH and I are revising our wills and making guardianship and trustee arrangements, and that has led to my thinking about what would happen to my current herd. Two are no problem, people will fight over them, regardless of age - absolutely broke sweetheart of a 10.2 child safe pony, and absolutely broke sweetheart of a QH, the husband/guest/child horse.
The problem child, in every sense, is my much beloved personal horse - currently 13 years old, suitable only for an assertive intermediate rider and a confident handler on the ground. Nothing terrible, just a pushy, take a mile type. His only marketable skill is hacking out/trail riding, at which he is a boatload of fun, forward and eager and brave. His other good qualities are that he is very sound, a very easy keeper and cute - a bright chestnut with some chrome. He is, essentially, unsellable, a free to a good home sort of horse.
But he has brought me as much joy and pleasure than my more athletic, competitive or successful horses of earlier years. He makes me happy when I see him in the paddock. I just flat adore him. The thought of him being sold to an unsuitable home or more likely, on a truck to Mexico, makes me distraught.
So I want to provide for him in my will. (Please feel free to dismiss this as lunacy and stop reading now.) My question is, how much money is enough money to provide for an easy keeping, pasture boarded horse for 10 - 15 years? Recognizing that easy keepers at 13 may turn in to hard keepers at 25. The two folks I'm thinking of asking both have farms and other horses, and both could get some use out of him while he was able. So what is reasonable? 20K? 25K? Paid out as a monthly annuity? Or would it be more reasonable to give the them the lump sum, so the can build a run in shed, subdivide a paddock, or whatever is necessary. I trust both individuals completely, as long as they are able, I am confident they will abide by my wishes.
Has anyone ever done this? Or do you know anyone who has? If you were the recipient of such a bequest, what would you prefer?
Am I crazy for thinking about this?