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post #21 of 30 Old 08-02-2013, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you all very much for your help!

Yeah, now I'm definitely not about to leave Fortune up there. The first day we went up there, we were told he hadn't been used for 6 months but he went beautifully, as if he'd been worked the week before or something.... I know some horses are just like this but I'm not sure if I've had him long enough to know 100% what he's like in that respect.

My boss is being really helpful about this too, she used to be a lawyer herself and suggested that I bring the contracts to show her, and if she can find a way around the "conditions" then we'll go for it. We'll probably end up doing what is suggested above. Lucky for me my dad has a truck and my boss has a trailer she's willing to lend us.

Fortune is really level-headed the majority of the time, not at all spooky or anything like that, so the getting him loaded shouldn't be an issue, but again, I don't know him in that respect.

I am confused about one thing.... If I give 30 days notice, doesn't that mean he has to stay up there for the 30 days? Or does it not matter if we pay that same day?
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post #22 of 30 Old 08-02-2013, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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And yes she is definitely a smart woman. That's not going to help in this case, but maybe if we just tell her the gas money is just too much, or something along those lines.... It's not a lie, and it may placate her a little. She's a very Type A kind of person, so she's in general kind of difficult to work with. But we're going to figure something out.
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post #23 of 30 Old 08-02-2013, 10:16 AM
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I am confused about one thing.... If I give 30 days notice, doesn't that mean he has to stay up there for the 30 days? Or does it not matter if we pay that same day?
No ma'am, giving 30 days notice just means you're giving the BO a paid 30 days to find another horse to fill the stall. You're not required to keep your horse there. You can move at any time.

You don't have to give her any reasons for why you're moving. This is a business arrangement, not a personal relationship. Besides, she's already proven she's not trustworthy by trying to hold you to an unenforceable contract by virtue of your naivety concerning how the horse world works.
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post #24 of 30 Old 08-02-2013, 10:21 AM
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The 30 day notice is to allow the BO to rent your space to someone else. This is all about protecting the BO income, so if you give your 30 day notice, and pay for the 30 days you have put her in a good place if you move out the same day.

It means that you end up paying double board for the month, but it may be worth it.
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post #25 of 30 Old 08-02-2013, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Alright then, that sounds like a good deal.... It'll be a lot nicer to have him closer to home, and with a BO and other people I can actually trust.... And now I know a bit more about owning and boarding, which is always a good thing.

Well, we've got a lot to sort out still but now we know better how to go about it! My boss and I are going to look over/discuss the contracts tomorrow and then we can give the previous owner a call and talk with her about it.... The biggest issue will be dealing with the current BO but from what I gather there's really nothing she can do about it if it's not her horse....

I really appreciate all the help, everyone, it's going to be a dream come true to have him so close to home!
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post #26 of 30 Old 08-02-2013, 10:37 AM
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Before I brought my boys home I boarded, and I agree it's nice to have them closer.

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post #27 of 30 Old 08-02-2013, 11:14 AM
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Sounds like you got a lot of good advice here and are all set to follow it. I really hope everything works out well for you. At least it sounds like the old owner will be fine with you taking your horse somewhere else, which is the most important. With the old owner's backing, there's absolutely nothing the BO can legally do. But if I were you, I would definitely make sure that you give notice the same day you are moving your horse to make sure that the BO doesn't try something really underhanded.

Good luck!
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post #28 of 30 Old 08-02-2013, 07:37 PM
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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?
What if the barn was sold or burned down or the level of care changed or you moved or any other number of things that happen in life?
I've never heard of such an agreement for a purchase, regardless of price.
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post #29 of 30 Old 08-02-2013, 08:13 PM
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Since your boss was an attorney have that person look at all the contracts. Use that persons advice. If you move, Do it all, tack horse etc all in one day. She may try to sue you. Get receipts for all board payments. If she persist, then tell her she can purchase the horse for $5000.00 and keep him there all she wants and she is to never resell him . Of course this is ridiculous but so is she. The contract you have has no time limit and it depends on the state you are in , if it can be enforced. Also , is your dads name on the contract or is it your name? If it is your name only, and being a minor that is illegal.
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post #30 of 30 Old 08-03-2013, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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It's my dad's name on the contract. I did recently turn 18 however :)

I spoke with my boss and she says that while the contract states the owner must board at the current place, it doesn't say for how long, and it doesn't say we have to stay *forever*. Either way, just like many of you have said, she says that isn't something that would hold up in court. So, she's in the same mindset as many of you: 30 days notice and pay, then leave same day, horse and all.

Still gotta wait - unfortunately - for Sept. When a stall will be open at the closer barn, but now we know what to do and very soon my boy will be home :)

I've said it already but I'll say it again - thanks everyone for all the advice
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