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post #1 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Upset over selling horse to friends

This happened almost 2 years ago. My husband raised a little bay QH gelding and decided to sell him cheap to some friends of ours. The ONLY reason they ended up with him was because they promised they would continue to show the horse. He isn't anything you would expect to take to big shows, but he was nice enough for open shows and smaller breed shows. As soon as they got him they turned him into a lawn ornament. This horse craves attention and enjoys working for you and since he is just idle he cribs like crazy, won't keep weight on, just looks pitiful. None of them are smart enough to put a cribbing collar on him. They think they are doing him a favor by letting him be a horse, but it is ruining this now 5 year old horse that wants nothing more but to have a job. They finally had his feet trimmed after a year of neglect. They have other horses too and they really can't afford any of them due to job-loss. I told my husband he should have had them sign a contract...friends or not. Now he wishes that he had. Since he enjoyed helping their daughter learn to ride, he practically gave the horse to them. We had an interested buyer for him but took a huge loss just because we like this family so much. I don't know if there's anything we can legally do in this situation since there was no contract written up. Any suggestions out there would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 11:36 AM
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The only thing you could possibly do is offer to buy him back. Perhaps they could use the money if there's unemployment.
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post #3 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 11:37 AM
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Not your horse anymore. As Remy stated, the only avenue open to you is to offer to buy him back.
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post #4 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 11:43 AM
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I agree. Make an offer that they would take. I'm sure you wouldn't want to, but offer what they bought him for if going low doesn't work. Or have your husband talk to them.
If you are really wanting him back, that's pretty much all you can do.

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post #5 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 12:03 PM
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You can't sell something with conditions attached, even in a contract. As for it wearing a cribbing collar, the jury is still out on it's effectiveness. Horses were pasture ornaments for millenia and quite content with that. If you want the horse back, as the others have said, go make an offer.
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post #6 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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I told my husband he messed up by not having them sign a contract. They are the type of people who will starve themselves to death just try to feed their horses instead of being smart enough to realize they just can't afford it. They ration out amounts of feed and hay and it's not right when you can count every rib on a horse because they want to keep him. Then the daughter wonders why I quit helping her with the horse when I know she doesn't work with him unless I'm around. He has almost forgotten everything he was taught. She says she has been riding him, but I know better.
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post #7 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 12:17 PM
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Unless it was a lease, you can't put 'take back' clauses in a contract, so whether or not your husband had them sign one is moot.

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post #8 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 12:21 PM
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Sorry to say you shouldnt even worry about the horse or try to take it back. You sold it. Once it is gone you have no control over it. I don't like selling anything to friends because 99 out of 100 times it will come back and bite you.
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post #9 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 12:23 PM
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I told my husband he messed up by not having them sign a contract. They are the type of people who will starve themselves to death just try to feed their horses instead of being smart enough to realize they just can't afford it. They ration out amounts of feed and hay and it's not right when you can count every rib on a horse because they want to keep him. Then the daughter wonders why I quit helping her with the horse when I know she doesn't work with him unless I'm around. He has almost forgotten everything he was taught. She says she has been riding him, but I know better.
Doesn't really do anything to support your argument to sit here and run down their character like that considering you are the ones who opted to sell the horse to someone of whom you have that opinion....
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post #10 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 12:42 PM
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I told my husband he messed up by not having them sign a contract. They are the type of people who will starve themselves to death just try to feed their horses instead of being smart enough to realize they just can't afford it. They ration out amounts of feed and hay and it's not right when you can count every rib on a horse because they want to keep him. Then the daughter wonders why I quit helping her with the horse when I know she doesn't work with him unless I'm around. He has almost forgotten everything he was taught. She says she has been riding him, but I know better.
Sorry to smack you when you are down, but horses do not forget what they are taught. They may get rusty but they do not forget.

The whole situation is sour grapes. Offer to buy the horse back and go from there.
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