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post #1 of 14 Old 01-26-2012, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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Is it considered rude to ask...

I purchased my horse from a lady who "rescued" a horse from the previous owner. This previous owner had to sell him in order to buy feed for his other horses. He wasn't in good condition at the time.

Is it rude if I ask her the name of his previous owner? She did not disclose his name (nor did I ask) when I bought him. I am curious about his past and that is my reason for wanting to contact the previous owner. I just wonder if it is none of my business or if it is perfectly acceptable to ask this information.
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post #2 of 14 Old 01-26-2012, 01:44 PM
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I always ask for previous owners names! I like to keep track of all my horses' histories. I wouldn't consider it rude at all! If she doesn't feel comfortable disclosing the info...fine...but it's worth a try! :)
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I would ask, no harm trying. The worst she can say is no.
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post #4 of 14 Old 01-26-2012, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Ok. Thanks. I wasn't sure if I should ask due to the circumstances he was in.
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Given the circumstances he was in, it's an even better reason to ask. My horse was abused as well, but taken out of a slaughter house so I have no way of tracing who previously had him. I have his breeder's name, strangely he was actually born about 20 min from where I live, but also know that he was the breeder's husband's horse and was sold when the husband died in a car accident. I can't get any further on him, but would love to.
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I would ask who the previous owners were

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post #7 of 14 Old 01-26-2012, 02:56 PM
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Beware though that this seller might of been fibbing a bit about the previous owner so she may not want you to have the information.

How long did she have this horse before you purchased him?
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post #8 of 14 Old 01-26-2012, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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Beware though that this seller might of been fibbing a bit about the previous owner so she may not want you to have the information.

How long did she have this horse before you purchased him?
About 2 months. I think she got him around mid November. He still has just a little bit of weight to gain, not much. She owns the boarding facility that I board with and her workers confirmed that he was in bad shape.

He's a rare breed which leads me to think that it is more likely that I can find out his background.
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post #9 of 14 Old 01-26-2012, 03:42 PM
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Just out of curiousity, what breed is he?
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post #10 of 14 Old 01-26-2012, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Just out of curiousity, what breed is he?
He is a gaited curly horse. I don't know if he is BLM (where their gaits come from are a mystery), if he was bred, or if he is actually a gaited horse that "accidentally came out curly". Often a Missouri Fox Trotter will come up with some curl. He isn't super curly (mostly his legs), it's more of a thick wave all over. He curls up a lot when he is sweaty, but is not what you would typically think of a curly horse.
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