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        07-19-2011, 12:28 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Keeping past owners updated

    Savanna's previous owners are coming down to see her Saturday. I'm super pumped! I have been keeping them updated on her progress and it turns out she was never even able to ride her when she owned her because of her saddling issue (not going to lie, I was nervous the first time I rode her). I am going to let her ride and see what she thinks!

    Now I have a general question - if you sell a horse, do you want to be kept updated on the horse's whereabouts and progress? If you buy a horse, do you want to keep the past owners updated updated if they so wish? Have any of you kept in with past owners or current owners of a horse you used to owned?
         
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        07-19-2011, 12:34 PM
      #2
    Started
    I love to have Vinnie's previous owners out! I know if I sell horses in the future I will want to keep up with their progress, even if its only thorugh email/pictures :)
         
        07-19-2011, 12:37 PM
      #3
    Showing
    I have no problems if people ASK POLITELY if I wouldn't mind updating them occasionally. No expectations and certainly no demands, because that will get you absolutely squat.

    You sold the horse, and it's now mine. If you expect to keep tabs on it after you've accepted money for it, then you're whacked in the head because I have absolutely no obligation to do that.

    I don't encourage visits, nor would I even accept that as part of the terms of a sale. Again, the horse is MINE. If you wanted to smooch on and spoil Pookie rotten, you should have kept him.

    I send JJ's old owner/trainer e-mail updates from time to time, but I don't feel pressured to do so. I liked her and I know she loved him dearly, so I have no problem with that.

    Casper's former owner tried to actually stalk me because I wouldn't let her act as if he was still hers, nor would I let her pop in for a visit whenever she pleased. Crazy wench.

    So yeah, I have a few issues about former owners trying to keep track of Precious Poneh, and not understanding boundaries.
         
        07-19-2011, 12:40 PM
      #4
    Banned
    I have regular email contact with the breeder of two of mine. I even put the old man in the trailer and took him to visit with her when we were down at her place for something else.

    I have to agree with SR. I would not purchase a horse from a seller who had all kinds of strings that made it seem like they wanted the horse to still be theirs but I was now paying all the bills.
         
        07-19-2011, 12:42 PM
      #5
    Trained
    Like SR, I don't have a problem occaisionally updating the old owner. Not sure if I would want them to come visit. Probably depends on how crazy they are!

    If I sold a horse I would want to be updated, but if I sold one of mine it would be because I'm in dire straits and can't feed them..

    After buying Lily I updated both the most recent owner and the previous owner, but in her case there was a lot of upset and worry about her circumstances. They both really appreciated it, but I haven't done it in months and doubt I will again.

    I found Soda's breeder finally after searching for 3 years. I knew that she didn't want to sell him but was going through a divorce. He has some "issues" that I was curious about and I thought she would like to know that he found a good home.
         
        07-19-2011, 12:48 PM
      #6
    Started
    Of course I would on both questions! I mean it's not like selling a car. Most people form a personal bond with their horse and for those who have to sell for financial reasons, it can be very traumatic. They know they're throwing the dice on whether they chose a good person or not to sell their horse to. It doesn't take much time these days to email or send photos. I have contacted the previous previous owners to ask for background info and for any photos that they would share with me! And she did!
         
        07-19-2011, 12:56 PM
      #7
    Yearling
    I send Cooper's old owner pics via email from time to time. She is so excited every time I do. Its just a ncie way to say "This worked out great, look at how good he's doing". Aidan's owner looked at me weird when I told her she could stop by anytime to see him and make sure he was in good hands. I don't care either way, I have faith in the way I care for my animals. But I will probably send an email to her once i've had Aidan longer just to keep her updated. Its not that either of them asked me to, but if I were in their shoes, I'd love to know an old friend was doing well.
         
        07-19-2011, 01:03 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    I have no problems if people ASK POLITELY if I wouldn't mind updating them occasionally. No expectations and certainly no demands, because that will get you absolutely squat.

    You sold the horse, and it's now mine. If you expect to keep tabs on it after you've accepted money for it, then you're whacked in the head because I have absolutely no obligation to do that.

    I don't encourage visits, nor would I even accept that as part of the terms of a sale. Again, the horse is MINE. If you wanted to smooch on and spoil Pookie rotten, you should have kept him.

    I send JJ's old owner/trainer e-mail updates from time to time, but I don't feel pressured to do so. I liked her and I know she loved him dearly, so I have no problem with that.

    Casper's former owner tried to actually stalk me because I wouldn't let her act as if he was still hers, nor would I let her pop in for a visit whenever she pleased. Crazy wench.

    So yeah, I have a few issues about former owners trying to keep track of Precious Poneh, and not understanding boundaries.
    I wouldnt sell you any of mine, not with that attitude.

    I bought Stan with a contract that stated that he would be with me forever and that they could visit at any reasonable time and be allowed to see him. There was no riding clause but had she asked to ride on any visit then I probably would have said yes.
    I also had a contract that stated That should I ever have to sell him I would offer him back to them at the price I payed for him before putting him on the open market.

    From this arrangement I got my pony of a life time for a fraction of his actual value (You could add anouther couple of 0's onto the price I paid in order to get his advertised price). This pony taught me loads, his past owners taught me loads, he took me from local small shows to winning at top level and doing fairly serious dressage levels.

    Out of curtasy I kept them updated regularly with his progress. In reality in the 10 years I owned him (untill the day he died) they visited 3 times, they came and supported me at competitions in thier local area and they were always on the end of the phone if I needed advice. When he died they sent me a beautiful oil portrait of him that was worth a fortune (far more then I paid for him in the first place) and they helped me in the search for my new neddy.

    Unfortunatly sometimes personal situations demand the sale of a much loved horse that you realy don't want to sell. I'd much rather sell mine for next to nothing and KNOW they have a secure future where I can keep track of them (and/or buy them back if they ever come up for sale again) then make big money on them,.
         
        07-19-2011, 01:07 PM
      #9
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by faye    
    I wouldnt sell you any of mine, not with that attitude.
    Not to worry, since I wouldn't buy any of yours with the ridiculous clauses you'd want to institute. So we're both happy.
         
        07-19-2011, 01:11 PM
      #10
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by faye    
    I bought Stan with a contract that stated that he would be with me forever and that they could visit at any reasonable time and be allowed to see him.
    I would not even go look at a horse that had a clause that said I had to keep the horse forever.

    I find it horribly hypocritical of someone who is selling a horse to say that.


    I can see a person trying to find just the right home for a horse they are selling because they have to. That is very different.
         

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