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Apr 16, 2012 03:11 PM jancie wrote:
Scoot - ok back from coffee and running errands although I still need to go through utility and medical bills
The reason why it would help to register your "gelding" in AWR even though obviously you can't breed him is due to the fact that if you insure your gelding you could probably get more value on your insurance as far as mortality insurance goes.
My thoroughbred mare (Jazzy's mom) went from a $10K value to $20K value in one year as she was approved in the main mare book of the Oldenburg ISR and the Oldenburg Verband registries.
Jazzy's value increased to $15K due to her breeding and acceptance into the AWR. There are more horses more talented than she is at this age but her breeding and approval increases her value.
Of course if you are not going to get insurance on your horse then it wouldn't really matter.
All you would have to do at this point is get a DNA kit from the AWR - have a vet come out and pull the hairs as his signature is required on the form that those hairs actually came from your horse. Send it in with the paperwork and then the DNA is on file. Once you get the DNA results you could request "registry papers" and if you so wanted once you got that you could take him to an inspection that is local and get him branded if you want.
Personally, I would insure the horse. It doesn't cost that much money per year and you never have to think about a $5K colic surgery if you get colic surgery insurance, etc.
Right now I have mortality ($15K), emergency colic surgery, major medical for an additional $7,500.00 and 3rd party liability insurance. My yearly premium is $880.
In the case of my approved mare (Jazzy's mom), she had colic surgery twice within 6 weeks, had to be euthenized at the 2nd colic surgery and not only did they pay 100% of both colic surgeries, they sent me a check for $20K - her mortality value.
I would have much rather had my horse but the money did help me out with Jazzy and when I had to quit working after BC dx - I was able to use that money to pay for Jazzy and not have to worry about working.
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