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  • How to get put of a horse contract where it says previous owner must approve of new boarding place

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    08-01-2013, 05:55 PM
Do I have any other options?

Okay so first I want to apologize about my title, it's not very descriptive but... This is rather complicated....

A year ago, me and my father were on our way to a farm about an hour away to discuss the leasing options there with the barn owner. However, halfway there, she called my dad's cell and he put it on speaker and she basically said, "I have a boarder here who wants to get rid of her horse, and your daughter sounds experienced enough, so I thought you could come look at him."

Well, my dad didn't want to put me down, after letting me hear that on speaker phone, and he agreed. A few hours later, I had a new horse (Fortune) for the price of one dollar (which we didn't really have to pay.) The only conditions for the "transaction" were, 1.) we call the original owner first if ever we wanted to sell the horse and 2.) we keep the horse boarded in the same place.

Now, I know a lot of people who have bought horses without any kind of outside help, and how it goes downhill quickly, but this was actually legit. I was told that Fortune was an all-around easy keeper, and he is, by far. He lives outside and is a happy, healthy liver chestnut gelding. The farm he lives at is 400 acres, and absolutely beautiful. I have a trainer that works with me every Sunday with Fortune, and this past year he's just gotten better and better (incidentally, the trainer is Bob Ciri, if anyone's heard of him...)

But the "problem" is the hour-long drive out to see him.

I ride at another barn too, a lesson/boarding barn, but it's not nearly as nice as the one my horse is at. However, I've ridden there for 10 years now, and I love it and the horses and the people there, and if Fortune was there - a mere 6 miles away - I could ride my bike to see him every day. The BO at the closer barn is also my boss, as I work there, and we've got a really good relationship (she's known me since I was 8) and she has asked about me bringing my horse there.

Still, that leaves the problem of the conditions on which we bought Fortune, and I'm not even sure if it would be legal at this point to move Fortune.... However, I thought it couldn't hurt to ask someone's advice, and I've always enjoyed referring the The Horse Forum so.... If anyone has any kind of advice, I'd really appreciate it! Sorry for the long post and thanks!
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    08-01-2013, 06:54 PM
Did you get any kind of bill of sale or written agreement that you had to keep him at the barn or was it all verbal?
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    08-01-2013, 07:13 PM
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If he belongs to you and there was no clause about where he lives in that contract move him.
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    08-01-2013, 07:15 PM
I don't think it was written down, but I was with the previous owner and Fortune a good majority of that day, so I'd have to check if the BO did write it down in the contract.
    08-01-2013, 07:18 PM
So you do have a contract?

Do you have anything that says YOU bought the horse and that the horse is now legally yours? If you do, then you can move him. If there is any contract that says 'the horse is yours but you have to keep him here' then, IMO, it is not a purchase so much as it is a full care lease.

On another note, considering the horse is an hour away and you have to keep him there (because the previous owner wants to be able to check in, perhaps?) how do you know you aren't paying for all the care / training and the previous owner isn't still riding the horse?
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    08-01-2013, 07:46 PM
The reason the previous owner wanted to get rid of him in the first place is because she was in the middle of a move out to Alabama, and I figure if she was coming out to ride him she would be leaving some kind of sign of it in the tack box, with things moved around in different places than I'd left them, which I haven't noticed.... Also, the previous owner had been close to taking her horse to a nearby lesson barn, which was why the BO called us at all.
    08-01-2013, 07:48 PM
I think it was more the BO's idea than the previous owners to have the second condition. The previous owner simply expressed a desire to know that the horse would be in good hands, wherever he was.
    08-01-2013, 08:01 PM
Oh and yes we have both a contract for the boarding and the purchase
    08-01-2013, 08:17 PM
So what does the contract say EXACTLY, does it state the specific conditions? And does it tell you what happens if you move the horse? Is it a legal contract or something one of you wrote up on the fly?

Maybe you can quote the specific lines for us, that state the conditions of the purchase.

And you never know, people are quite sneaky and good at putting things back a certain way, making it look like they were never actually there.
    08-01-2013, 08:54 PM
Okay, we have looked over the papers and yes, it is written down. It says the buyer must keep the horse at the farm it was at before the purchase....
So is that all she wrote? Are there no other options?

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