We don't know why the original owner put the horse through the sale. The horse sold for $400. The auction house had the registration certificate on her. Proof the horse is who she is can be done by DNA if there is any question which if the AQHA offers to loosen their rules it will be with DNA and all of the relevant information (text records -screen shots, bills of sale, ad in auction listing). They won't just transfer as DA said because of liability. They have to have a lock tight trail for proof to register under the new owner and they provide that with the transfer paper. All this other is not the same but with enough proof they may make the transfer. That is the good thing about the young horses there will be a way to prove the papers belong with that particular horse. There are no laws that say the papers have to go with the horse.
Why someone would not want that is beyond me. Selfish. Surely isn't greed as they can't make anything off the horse or perhaps if the horse makes it big on an alternate circuit where no papers are needed they feel they can go back and cash in. Who knows. Maybe they are short a few brain cells. Second seller purchased horse knowing the bloodlines and knowing the market. Which brings me back to if the lines are that good why was the up for sale for $400? Are the dam and sire AQHA rock stars? I doubt the horse itself has a proven track record or she would not have been in the sale nor gone for that low $$.
That seller kept the horse 2 months and has it up for sale says she had a good idea that if she bought the mare she could sell for much higher. Perhaps she planned on paying the $500 perhaps not but I think the horse was at the sale for a reason, the new owner figured out pretty quick why and is cashing in on the bloodlines because she can't cash in on the horse.
This from the original is just bull. "The registered owner won't sign it over because she claims she doesn't want the horse being passed on from person to person." Well no papers won't guarantee that.
This makes more sense especially if they were ordered to sell all of their assets, "she also stated she went through a divorce and has a lot of kids her ex isn't paying child support for, she really is trying to weasel more money out of me." She may well be in a financial spot she didn't think she would find herself in. A little cash can go a long way to feeding her kids or paying that months bills. Sad situation. She isn't going to retain her old lifestyle on $500 dollars though. If she is talented then I'd be surprised if you couldn't compete on the local level and let her earn her way into recognized events that are not reliant on papers to compete. Yes, it knocks you out of AQHA events but it does not stop her from meeting her potential if you have the talent to bring it out of her and she has the ability, want and drive.
By putting the transfer on the back it may make it easier to transfer a sold a horse but it also makes it harder to leave out those that failed to transfer. It took me two years to get my APHA transferred because the middle two buyers never completed the paperwork. There was a six year difference between first sell date and my purchase. I was lucky the owner or the person he sold to had never filled in his info or given the papers to the person he sold to and later took her back from. That was a mess.
While they may have done that in your case Brittany they had to reach out to those others for confirmation. Had they not have confirmed the horse going from person to person then that paperwork (bill of sale) would have been your only proof. Considering the registration in your name is official it becomes your bill of sale and you do have a copy for your records of amounts or other details that would not be on the papers. I'm seriously doubting AQHA has caught up on all the mess they are trying to catch up on and this will likely not be a priority so if they do, plan on it taking time. Lots of time.
The confirmation from the original should be easy enough unless she is really that bitter and she denies the sale. She could say her husband put the horse up against her permission. They, I hope, would contact the auction house for confirmation and record of the person that consigned the horse as well as the buyers information. Then you have that seller who could deny she sold the horse or fail to respond which may be more likely, in which case that bill of sale is your proof. One big can of worms.
Some horse people change their horse, they change their tack and discipline, they change their instructor; they never change themselves.
Last edited by QtrBel; 02-23-2020 at 07:35 AM.