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post #31 of 37 Old 07-27-2014, 10:26 PM
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I personally think you are in one of those "tough love" sort of situations. This will not be easy, but you need to stop training and showing the horse…….you are basically working for free-against you own best interest. Let him see what the horse is worth without you.

I have learned some of these hard lessons throughout life from a DH who is a hard nose…..but wins in the end. I remember vividly a house we bought that I dearly loved. We got to the settlement table……literally there to sign the papers. They had one of the numbers wrong….it was not what we had agreed on…about $1K off. He walked. Literally walked out of the room and left. Told them….well…not pg. I was in tears. We ended up with the house….with the numbers RIGHT. Same theory. You may have to walk away to get where you want to go, difficult as that may be. But you can look at it as getting more experience riding other horses.
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post #32 of 37 Old 07-31-2014, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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So he's going back now. Apparently his owner wasn't paying his board, my trainer was floating him, which I wasn't aware of. And I didn't want to buy him until the fall when I started my job :( So now he is going back. I'm very very upset.

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post #33 of 37 Old 07-31-2014, 10:27 PM
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Going back where? I would think your BO could get a lien on the horse for the back board….then possibly take possession. If the BO sends him away, they lose the only collateral of any type they have. The horse!

This MAY be the key to you getting him. Hold tight and keep track of where he is, how he is, etc….IF he must go. Don't lose hope yet.
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post #34 of 37 Old 07-31-2014, 10:29 PM
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So he's going back now. Apparently his owner wasn't paying his board, my trainer was floating him, which I wasn't aware of. And I didn't want to buy him until the fall when I started my job :( So now he is going back. I'm very very upset.
You poor thing. Sorry this didn't work out for you (or the horse). Just remember, when one door shuts another door opens. Maybe this just wasn't the right time or the right horse.

And, as franknbeans said. Keep track of him. Maybe things will work out after all.
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post #35 of 37 Old 07-31-2014, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Oh I am sorry if I gave the wrong impression, its nothing ugly like unpaid board. Apparently my trainer was keeping him on basically as a lesson horse in exchange for free board so it wasn't that the owner wasn't paying it was that he didn't need to. She was basically allowing him to stay for free to help me out while I saved up to buy him, which was so incredible of her especially since I didn't even know that was what she was doing.

His owner has his own facility about 30 minutes from where I was keeping him. But my trainer needs the stall so she is telling him basically that he cannot stay here for free anymore. I am hoping for a few scenarios. Maybe his owner will offer to pay his board for him to stay, maybe he will allow me to keep riding him at his facility (which is actually closer to my house) or maybe he will realize exactly how few people are interested besides me and allow me to get a cheaper price. I guess like you guys said I just need to keep an eye on him for the next few months and keep track of him. He is aware that I am interested so hopefully he won't do anything like send him to a sale barn far away or anything, but I guess even if he does he will still own him and I will still be able to contact him if need be.

I guess the only thing now is to wait and see :\

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post #36 of 37 Old 08-01-2014, 12:01 AM
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If you are able make a firm offer. Do a "lease to buy" half lease type deal (have him pay a little, you pay the rest, or he keeps the horse at his place and does not charge board, you pay everything else, etc.), set a firm date whenever works for you this fall where you will buy him outright for x amount.

Tell him you are very interested, you love this horse, but you are firm on this and he needs to take it or leave it.
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post #37 of 37 Old 08-01-2014, 01:27 AM
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I'm sorry. I think you have to be willing to step back and let him realize that first, he owns a one-eyed horse that very few other people will be willing to take a chance on - especially a $20K chance. Yes, keep track of him, but you might want to not be so obvious about how much you want him. Go to his barn. Take a look at the other prospects he has (and what they're priced at).

Make him realize the horse didn't win those ribbons - you did. Because you had confidence that he could excel. It isn't just the horse; it's always the team.

When he realizes he won't get the money he wants, nor the rider that horse needs, he may come back to you with a, "hey...you still want that horse?" attitude.

It might hurt to see another rider on him, but sometimes you have to know when you're being played for a sucker.
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