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post #1 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Odd Situation, Kind of Funny... Similar Experiences?

I went to meet a horse for sale a week ago and quite liked him. A lovely half arab pinto gelding, who I arranged to take on a two week trial to see how we got along as he is green etc.
I was excited as he was supposed to be trailered to my boarding stable today, however, I got a text message mid-day from his owner informing me that the hauler took one look and bought him out-right!
I'm left here, scratching my head, hoping the new home is great for him... and also a bit sad that I didn't get a fair shake at it! Nothing left to do but chuckle.
Have you ever heard of this happening?

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post #2 of 31 Old 07-21-2013, 06:33 AM
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I haven't heard of that set of circumstances, but I have heard of horses being "snapped up" when someone thought they could be theirs.

It's a bit unfair I think. At the very least, the owners should have called you, told they had an outright offer, and then allowed you to purchase him if you wanted to.
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I do agree with that- as I was at work I hadn't considered that, though there were no missed calls!
Oh well, the search continues!

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If the hauler had cash in hand and you hadn't put down any money, I'd have sold him too. I'm actually shocked they allowed a 2 week trial off the premises, I never do that unless the horse is paid in full and I just agree to hold the money for the agreed amount of time.
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Well, I've heard of similar things with snakes. One guy had his reputation go down the crapper virtually overnight because he took over $2,000 in downpayments and was paid in full for many snakes, then turned around and resold them to different people.

Horses, this doesn't normally happen, but cash is king, though I like to see people with a bit of respect for your word. If it was that good of an offer, they should have at least called you, but I can see them taking the cash first then thinking 'Well, crap.'
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If the hauler had cash in hand and you hadn't put down any money, I'd have sold him too. I'm actually shocked they allowed a 2 week trial off the premises, I never do that unless the horse is paid in full and I just agree to hold the money for the agreed amount of time.
This is exactly why I'm just shrugging and moving on! I would have done the same.
I more find it ironic that it was supposed to be the person bringing him to me than anything else.

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Well it's odd, but he was obviously a nice horse. Cash in hand means much more than a wishy washy maybe.

When I have taken horses on trial I had a buy commitment in writing, unless they were unsound. And I would have been legally obligated to that, maybe that's why I am given trials with the horses I have bought?
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Had you put any money down on him?? If so, Id be pretty ticked!
I am picking up a new guy for a 2 week trial tomorrow, but I am leaving a cashiers check of his full purchase price with the owner. If I return him during the trial, I get my money back no problem. If I dont, he is paid for :)

Hope the hauler doesnt pull a fast one on me like that tomorrow!! ha ha
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Had you put any money down on him?? If so, Id be pretty ticked!
I am picking up a new guy for a 2 week trial tomorrow, but I am leaving a cashiers check of his full purchase price with the owner. If I return him during the trial, I get my money back no problem. If I dont, he is paid for :)

Hope the hauler doesnt pull a fast one on me like that tomorrow!! ha ha
In your case I would allow a trial. But if there's no money down, nothing in writing, yada yada yada, I don't even consider the horse sold.

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In your case I would allow a trial. But if there's no money down, nothing in writing, yada yada yada, I don't even consider the horse sold.
They have my cashier's check, plus a contract agreement between us that basically says the horse is sold unless he fails his PPE I have arranged for.

So I am hoping that if the hauler offers them cash tomorrow like in the OP's situation they will have to say no due to our contract.

I would be one sad woman if that happened. I am head over heels excited for this new little boy. Sorry about the situation OP! I hope this means there is just bigger and better prospect waiting for you out there
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