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    08-04-2011, 10:38 AM
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Need help on what you need to sell a horse

I need some help. What kind of papers do you need to sell your horse?
I have a horse who I am looking at selling due to me being a beginner and the horse needs a little more experience than what I have. Long story, but we realize it's not fair to the horse to be with someone so inexperienced.
I bought the horse from someone who was recently deployed. I, in my excitement of getting a horse, did not obtain a bill of sale. It was all done verbally. My horse is not registered.
Due to the previous owner being deployed, it will be a while before I can get the bill of sale.
What do you actually need to sell a horse? Is it important for me to show the previous bill of sale? Or is it okay if I create a new one?
Sorry, but I'm new to all of this and just trying to make it right for the horse.

Thanks guys
     
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    08-04-2011, 11:44 AM
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Some states require a brand inspection. Since the state I live in does not do brand inspections I know very little about them. Not sure if Washington does or does not require them. Hopefully someone from there can chime in.

Otherwise, basically nothing is required. It is like selling your kids bike or a dog. Write up whatever contract/bill of sale you want and everyone signs and off you go.
     
    08-04-2011, 11:53 AM
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You do not need a bill of sell for a horse. It is always good for the seller to write one up, but nothing is required. I personally always write one up when selling a non show horse. Simply just stating that they agree to the sale and that you are not liable for anything the horse does once money is exchanged. I would make sure to have their name and info along with yours on the bill of sell. Make 2 copies that has both buyer and seller signatures. Also if the horse is green or requires a more experienced rider I would put that in the bill of sell. It is always good to have one, but you don't need to show proof you bought the horse. This is something I would write:

I (buyer First and last name) am buying (horse name) for the amount of (price/cash/check amount). I understand that this horse is (green/ requires a more advanced rider) and anything that may happen while owning this horse is my responsibility.

I (the seller first and last name) have disclosed any and all habits of the horse. I have described the horse to the best of my knowledge and feel that (buyer’s name) is able to handle this horse.

Then just make sure to sign the bottom of the paper and date it. Also make sure to put if the horse is up to date on shots and neg. Coggins along with any deworming program you have your horse on.

Hope this has helped you! Feel free to PM if you need to.
     
    08-04-2011, 12:08 PM
  #4
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Originally Posted by HKM FARM    
I (the seller first and last name) have disclosed any and all habits of the horse. I have described the horse to the best of my knowledge and feel that (buyer’s name) is able to handle this horse.
I think this line is dangerous.

If the buyer gets Dobbin home and Dobbin starts chewing on the barn (or tips the water trough or manures in his water bucket or has a real vice like weaving or cribbing or such) and the seller did not mention this, the buyer can scream foul.

I like something along the lines of:

I Joe Seller do hereby sell to Suzy Buyer one 10 year old bay grade gelding known as Dobbin for the price of $500. Dobbin is sold as is with no implied or specified warranties.
     
    08-04-2011, 03:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
I think this line is dangerous.

If the buyer gets Dobbin home and Dobbin starts chewing on the barn (or tips the water trough or manures in his water bucket or has a real vice like weaving or cribbing or such) and the seller did not mention this, the buyer can scream foul.

I like something along the lines of:

I Joe Seller do hereby sell to Suzy Buyer one 10 year old bay grade gelding known as Dobbin for the price of $500. Dobbin is sold as is with no implied or specified warranties.
It is what you think it is, but you shouldn't hide any information. As a buyer I want someone to be as honest as they can be. If the horse cribs you most of the time can tell if you know what you are looking for. I've sold many horses for of the years and those with problems and those with zero. I haven't had any problems with the way I write up a bill of sell. Most importantly you want to make sure your horse is going to a good home and that the new owner knows everything there is to know about the horse. No one wants to see their horse get sold and go down hill because they didn't share information. HOWEVER this doesn't mean that the horse couln't pick up a new bad habit or get hurt with the new owner.
     
    08-04-2011, 04:24 PM
  #6
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I totally agree that you should be totally honest when selling a horse to make sure it finds the best home possible.

With your line you are putting yourself at risk if Dobbin does pick up a new habit when they get him home. You have no way of proving you did not lie and not tell them he had that habit before you sold him.

Sometimes, like in a bill of sale, saying less is more.
     
    08-04-2011, 06:39 PM
  #7
Foal
True. It can be a tough call. I think it can all depend on the buyer too and how you are feeling about the sell.
     
    08-05-2011, 05:47 AM
  #8
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My bill of sale:

(sellers name) sells (horses name), a (color), (breed), (mare/gelding), (height) to (my name) on (date) for $(amount).

Signed (seller)
Signed (buyer)
     

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