LawyerQuestrian: Your Pet Needs a Power of Attorney

It’s a new word, but an old phenomenon: Attorneys who ride.

As most horse-people know, if you argue with a horse, you’ll lose every time. With most horses, it’s a matter of asking the right questions, in the right way, at the right time. The best lawyers would say the same thing about the courtroom.

The Capital city is full of us— lawyers, that is.

Today, I “LawyerQuestered.” I drafted a limited power of attorney for my horse.

Yep. That just happened.

And I’m not even a type-A-got-everything-together-kind-of-gal. I just love my sweet mare that much.

Who wouldn't love this face?

Who wouldn’t love this face?

Here’s the deal: Sometimes, I’m not easy to get ahold of. I work full-time in the District, go to school part-time, and travel when I can. If my critter needs care, I want her to have it, no questions asked. And because I can’t expect my friends, my vet, or my barn manager to have E.S.P., I need to give direction, in advance, and in writing.

Whether you’re a LawyerQuestrian or just a loving pet owner, consider executing one. A Limited Power of Attorney can be easily revoked, and it is a good tool for boarders, working riders, or those who travel. The best part is, you can draft and execute it yourself.

Fill out the template below, sign, print, scan, and email a copy to yourself, the assigned caregiver, your barn manager, and your vet. If you’re always on the go, use a smartphone app (I like JotNotPro) to scan and send the document. That way, it’s with you everywhere you go!

[Pet Name] Limited Power of Attorney

Pet’s Name:

Vaccine status:

Medical conditions:

Current medications:

I, [OWNER NAME], appoint [CAREGIVER NAME, PHONE NUMBER] as my attorney-in-fact, to do all that is necessary or desirable for maintaining the health of [PET NAME, DESCRIPTION]; specifically, to approve and authorize any and all medical treatment deemed necessary by a duly licensed veterinarian and to execute any consent, release or waiver of liability required by veterinary authorities incident to the provision of medical, surgical, farrier, nutritional, or other essential care to my horse by qualified veterinary medical personnel. This limited power of attorney goes into effect as of [TIME, DATE] and will cease on or about [DATE].

[CAREGIVER NAME] may authorize without approval from me veterinary services up to and including $[AMOUNT]; any amounts over and above that will require that she or the veterinarian contact [CONSULTING NAME, PHONE NUMBER] for discussion and approval.

If at all possible, the veterinarians will be, as appropriate based on the emergent nature of need, [VET NAME, PHONE NUMBER]. [CAREGIVER] may also authorize without approval from me transportation to and veterinary services from [NAME OF VET HOSPITAL].

Upon my return I will assume full responsibility for payment/reimbursement of veterinary services rendered in accordance with this limited power of attorney.

Date: ______ Signed: __________________________________________


Date: ______ Signed:__________________________________________



6 thoughts on “LawyerQuestrian: Your Pet Needs a Power of Attorney

  1. This is great. I’m in the process of re-doing my will and was looking for a POA to use as an addendum. I’m linking this post to my own on this topic so other horse (and pet) owners can find it through my blog. Hope you don’t mind. I’ll be using this for my pets too. Thanks for this great information. Be well and nurture what you love … Dorothy 🙂

  2. Pingback: Where There’s A Will … | Musings of a Horse Mom

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