Ever sell a horse, regret it, and find it online for sale later?

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    06-18-2012, 02:13 PM
Ever sell a horse, regret it, and find it online for sale later?

Happened to me recently, and I'm currently trying to buy him back.

Brings to my attention how much responsibility we have for these horses even when they are no longer "our responsibility". This horse has changed hands 4-5 times since I sold him less than 2 yrs ago.

When I get him back, I'm keeping him for good.

Here is my question: Has anyone else experienced this?
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    06-18-2012, 02:24 PM
The only time this happened to me, I was very lucky that the lady approached me first and offered to trade the mare back to me for the colt we'd originally traded for. It was kind of a losing trade, because I'd put several months of training on the colt after he'd never been touched much in his life, but the mare was a very solid riding horse, and I was happy to get her back.

It is my greatest fear in the event I sell one of my current horses. I don't know if I could stop myself from buying them back if they ever came back up for sale.
    06-18-2012, 02:29 PM
I've sold exactly one horse and given another away.

The sold horse remained with his new owner until his death sometime in his 30s. The horse I gave away I have no idea where she is, or if she's even still alive. She wasn't my horse to start with anyway, as I was giving her away for a friend.

I tend to keep mine for life, even if they're not completely suitable. I know that doesn't fit in with my reputation of being a callous hardass, but I take the responsibility of ownership very seriously.

Good luck, and I hope you can get your horse back. Sometimes they're just meant to come back to us.
    06-18-2012, 02:32 PM
I gave my SSH who had developed upper and lower ringbone to a therapeutic riding center...a well-known, established riding center for handicapped children and adults. He was to be used lightly at a walk in a flat arena...He was deadbroke, bombproof. The kids who couldn't ride used to finger paint on his sides. I asked them to let me know first if they ever needed to rehome him. 2 years later I found his picture online in their newsletter as free to a good home because he was inclined to be lazy. I called, had him shipped back to me and found a good retirement home here with friends who wanted a pasture pet for their father to fuss around with. NOTHING is certain. NOTHING. I was really upset.
    06-18-2012, 03:19 PM
Unfortunately I have always had to board and could never guarantee a forever home. I couldn't afford the vet, boarding, farrier, etc expenses of more than one horse at a time, and I have a passion for rescuing and retraining horses, so naturally it involves me selling. My dad is moving out here and buying land so when I get back from basic training that's where I'll keep him.

It's just so heartbreaking to know he has been passed around so much.
    06-18-2012, 03:22 PM
I have sold horses and seen them go for sale, I have seen them switch hands after I sold them. I have sold a horse knowing the guy would work with it on cattle and resell it.
Once the horse is sold no regrets, I must have sold it for a reason. They are no longer your "responsibility when they are sold."
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    06-18-2012, 03:34 PM
Originally Posted by cowboy bowhunter    
They are no longer your "responsibility when they are sold."
Absolutely true, Cowboy.

However, if the OP can give her boy a home again, and it's obvious she wants to, then there's certainly no harm in reconnecting with an old friend.
    06-18-2012, 04:28 PM
I've sold 3 horses with a contract saying we have right of first refusal. Two I was later contacted about being put up for sale. One we did buy back and the other we said no, but they ended up keeping her because she was a lesson pony and when the kids that rode her found out she was being sold they complained to the instructor and she changed her mind. The other one I know is also being used as a family and lesson pony and still is in a great place.

I've only sold one pony without including that in the contract.

Once they are sold they are no longer our responsibility. However, it is our responsibility to be very careful who we sell to and that they are well suited for what their new job holds.

This horse is not your responsibility any longer, but if you have the means to give him a good forever home and you want to then go for it! :)
    06-18-2012, 04:57 PM
Originally Posted by srh1    
Once they are sold they are no longer our responsibility. However, it is our responsibility to be very careful who we sell to and that they are well suited for what their new job holds.
Yeah this is kind of what I meant. I have always had to board in the past but now I will have somewhere he can stay forever. If I could go back and get all of my horses back I would, honestly. Lol
    06-18-2012, 07:38 PM
Yeah, we tend to have horses that fail at the track, then come to our house. Here most of them stay for their entire life. We have placed horses as companions and with some pleasure homes. Anytime, we place a horse, we ask for first right of refusal and refund purchase price in the first year if the horse does not work out. We don't place many often around here people don't think you can ride standardbreds. Which is why I am riding three right now. That said over the years there were some that were successful on the track and were sold. We have a harder time keeping track of them. Which is upsetting because as standardbred's we know that often times their fate is less then certain. I had Mr. Vacation fail in a home after three months and came back this spring. He was a bit thin and more mouthy then when he left but we were happy to have him back. In my book, if you miss the horse, have sellers remorse, have a chance to get them back and can give them appropriate care take them back. At least you know where they end up.

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