Like the title says, I'm pretty sure I made a huge mistake not making a contract.
I was trying to sell my horse becuase I just don't have time to ride him and with winter here and board running $400 a month I THOUGHT the best thing for the two of us was to find him a better home where he can get attention.
So, someone came out to try him, they loved him (she shows and he is perfect for that) and even asked if I would consider a two week trial period so their trainer could work with him and to see how he would settle in. I had no issue with this; then they asked about payments... sorry I don't want to mess around with that. They could not afford what I was asking outright, I totally understood why I didn't get a call back and why they never asked to take him on trial.
Fast forward a month or so and like 10 people telling me they were taking him then backing out I reduce his price by a lot; the girl calls me again, she wants to take him for a two week trial. Yay! They did click well together. They picked him right up.
I already planned on really reducing the price for her without her knowing, I remember not being able to shell out the money for a show quality horse but really wishing I had one.
While they were picking him up she hands me a check for $100 as a deposit... I thought for a moment and said "Look, Take him for two weeks and if he works out then I'll cash this check and we will call it even". She was almost in tears. I thought this was a perfect situation for my guy, he will be loved, trained properly, and shown!
The trial was for two weeks; A week later she calls me back everything is going well. Two days after the two week mark I don't hear from her so I am wondering whats up, I call and she says he is perfect and her trainer loves him... but don't cash that check or it will bounce! What?!
She tells me her dad's bank got a bit messed up and they will pay me in cash, where can they meet me? I tell her I will come to their farm.
Well of course this is the day before thanksgiving, I work in retail so Black Friday, Sat and Sun are crazy for me, I call her monday and me make an appointment for tomorrow for me to be paid! (Sat)
All the while I am a mess becuase if you can't afford the $100 you technically handed me yourself how will you afford my horse? I think I let this go to far.
If I call her tonight to make sure we are still on for tomorrow and she tells me they don't have the money yet do I have a legal right to get my horse back? Right now I regret everything and I just want him back but I will be ok (I could live with it I guess) if everything works out.
There was no contract and she has his reg papers already... I handed them over with him... Stupid, stupid, stupid.