Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum!
It is a real shame that you need to hear all these warnings but they come from years of experience. There have been so many members who have not followed the advice for one reason or another and now have to post a question about what to do about a sick or hurt horse.
The same goes for the barn where you will keep him. Be sure you have in writing what the BO will be responsible for and how much it costs. We've heard of boarders who, when they go to leave a barn, get hit with a huge bill for services that they thought were included in the monthly fee. Things like turning the horse out, blanketing your horse, worming him, holding him for the vet, etc. Get everything up front so there are no surprises latter.
As for the papers in the seller's name, many times a horse will transfer from one owner to another without the seller appearing on the papers. That's fine as long as the transfer papers have been signed by the last person to have registered the horse. If in doubt, call that person. I've bought many horses that were sold without the seller being on the papers. I've sold many horses without having their registration papers put into my name first. I've been riding my current horse, Bonnie, for nearly 6 months but haven't gotten around to transferring her to my name. I have all the proper paperwork, just haven't gotten around to it. If I sold her tomorrow, I would just give the papers as they are to the new owner.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
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