I can understand using the right of first refusal to prevent the horse from.ending up in slaughter if someone knows if all else fails, they can get x amount of money back. And I would be fine with it if it ended there. I don't like people checking up on me and driving by the house. Call me paranoid, but I live in the country so I don't have to deal with people, including nosy neighbors. But that's kind of off topic.
My issue starts when people think they have the right to the horse at any/all time and should get it back in the amount of their choice. I'm happy to send updates for a little while so they know their horse has settled, and that's just because I'm a decent person, and once those hooves are on my property, anything I inform the previous person about is out of the goodness of my heart. I don't lease or adopt horses because I don't like being told what I can and can't do with them. But by some of your descriptions, it seems the people I have passed over weren't using the clause properly. If all they wanted was first option to purchase the horse at whatever price I set it at, sure. No need for drama and hurt feelings because I didn't keep a horse forever. In this day and age, people should be happy to know that a horse had a great, spoiled life while it was with me, however long that might be, whether it is is a month or 10 years.
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