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post #11 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 12:45 PM
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Offer to buy him back. They are obviously in over their heads and could use the money. Just try to be tactful about it and don't embarrass them or put them down. Sure, they aren't taking care of their animals properly, but job loss can be hard on people and they could just not be thinking correctly.

If you can't buy him back, well, there's nothing that you can do. Live and learn.

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post #12 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 12:54 PM
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You sold them the horse, now you are mad because they are not taking care of it in your opinion. You say they will starve themselves to feed the horses, well at least they are getting fed. You say he cribs now? Then why don't you buy a collar and tell them how to use it?
I'm sorry, quit making them sound like they are the offending party when YOU sold him to them.........you have ABSOLUTELY no legal ties to this horse. Even if you made them sign a contract, a contract is only as good as how much money you want to spend on lawyers to see it through. Now, if his treatment is so terrible, then buy him back. If they sell him to you, you are lucky. If they don't, time to move on.
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 01:11 PM
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The only thing you can do is call animal control if you think the horse is being neglected. Or offer to buy the horse back.

Once a horse is sold, that's it - done deal.
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post #14 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 01:12 PM
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Selling a horse is such a gamble. It's not a decision to be taken lightly. You never do it without a written agreement. Lesson learned, I guess.

Make them a good offer. If they're unemployed, I bet they'd take it in a heartbeat. If they refuse and continue to neglect their horses, report it.

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post #15 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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Well mls... Let me re-word it: They have allowed him to get away with things and it has created some undesirable habits so when you attempt to make him do what he's supposed to he is confused. I have had horses for 33 years so yes, I know they don't really forget things, so pardon.
Themacpack....both husband and wife had really good jobs when they purchased the horse. Sadly, both of them ended up losing their jobs.
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 01:23 PM Thread Starter
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Jessabel: I did a written agreement on my mare I recently sold. Very detailed and notarized. No more selling to friends and no more selling without and agreement.
Everyone else: Again, these people once had really good jobs and were able to care for their horses. Now they don't.
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-08-2012, 01:29 PM
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As I said, written agreements are only as good as the paper they are written on. To take advantage of a contract, you, as the seller, would have to take the buyer to court to prove they broke the contract. If you actually almost "gave" them the horse for cheap, then the costs to go to court and hire a lawyer would be probably more than you sold him for. Been there done that with written contracts when selling dogs for $4000/5000 dollars. Once the person has the animal in their ownership, unless you are a co owner, its pretty hard to do anything about it.
If he was as well trained as you said, then you or your hubby should be able to have him back to how he was before he was sold in no time.
Cut your losses or buy him back. If the family friends are so broke and have no money, they will jump at getting cash for the horse.. Or they may tell you to take a leap, they are not selling... It is now THEIR choice, not yours as to whether they sell him back to you. Or to anyone else for that matter.
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