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post #1 of 8 Old 09-12-2013, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Opinions on this ?

So I'm pretty sure I'm going to get bashed/told I'm an idiot for this, but here it goes.

August 1st I started a 6 month free lease with option to buy. The horse is a 18 year old haflinger. When I went to see him he was at the previous leasee's place. I have never met his owner but have spoken alot through text.

I decided I liked him so I took him home. Of course I spoke to the owner through all this. She told me to take him if I liked him.

She has a couple toddlers, is a vet tech, and runs a lesson barn. (So I am told)

Anyway, we were supposed to meet up and sign papers for my lease but she is always busy. (Literally) and its never a good time for her. She was talking about coming out to see him and would let me know when was good but I haven't heard anything on that. She has been nothing but nice and I don't find her suspicious at all. She seems pretty straight forward.

Fast forward to now. I always send her pictures of him and his pasture and she always texts back as if in awe about how great of care I take for him, etc.

She texted me earlier this week asking if I planned on buying him because she wants to start getting things ready for winter and tie off things at the barn. I said I was but aslong as he cleared the vet check. She replied basically saying "awesome no problem" but then asked if we could finalize by October 15. I texted back and said I only have X amount to give her towards him right now. (She's asking $750) because he coliced as did my gelding and I'm currently paying off a $2,000+ vet bill. I told her if she would take what I have now for him instead of the $750 I would be more then glad to drive 2 hours up to her place and pay her and get his registration papers and a bill of sale. Not to mention my "6 month free lease" isn't over until February.

She never replied, which isn't out of norm for her. She seems kind of in Need of money and I know she absolutely cannot take him back due to lack of time/money/space at her barn.

Should I text her again and reiterate what I said? It's been since Tuesday that we were texting.

Opinions are welcome. And please NO bashing me. :)
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post #2 of 8 Old 09-12-2013, 10:57 AM
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It's only Thursday, so I wouldn't worry too much.....but I think at this stage in the juncture, you need to actually CALL her, not text, and work out the details verbally. Too much gets lost in text IMO.

Good luck!

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post #3 of 8 Old 09-12-2013, 12:20 PM
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I agree. I would give her another day or two, then try to call her. As long as you think you can trust her, go for it. Just be sure to keep your eyes open, and if you start to feel suspicious, don't let the feeling go easily. And I would think that anyone who is hurting for money would want to get the horse to a good home soon, even if it is for less money. And I would be careful about not mentioning that you think she is short on money, because you may offend her and she might take her horse back just to prove a point. Or try to prove a point at least.

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post #4 of 8 Old 09-12-2013, 12:35 PM
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Gosh, I love Haflingers. I looked at one before I bought my mare, great all rounders from what I have seen. I plan on owning one someday.

Did you sign a contract for the original 6-month free lease? If so, I would assume it states the contract would not be up until February 1st 2014, therefor you do have until that date to get PPE and purchase the horse. If she isn't responding I wouldn't worry too much about it. It sounds like she is fairly busy, considering she never met you or even watched you ride the horse before starting the lease (if I were her, personally, I would have MADE time). Go with your gut though, if she seems legit then good, wait it out.

Bottom line, don't stress over it, if she wants him sold THAT badly she will make the time for you to sign papers and transfer funds.
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post #5 of 8 Old 09-12-2013, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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No, I've never signed any lease papers. I wrote in the OP that we agreed that we would set a date so I can sign them but she's so busy that its never a good time. She doesn't seem overly concerned about me signing them so I haven't stressed it.

I got him knowing he hasn't been ridden in over a year. She didn't even want to see pictures of my place before I took him. I willingly sent them to her just so she would know I'm not a crazy person that's going to harm her horse. Lol. To me it sounds as if she's too busy to worry about him most of the time.
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Texts might be better than calling. You want a written agreement. With a text you have a paper trail, with calling its he said she said.
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I would ask her to mail you the paperwork as soon as possible on that lease. Handwritten would be fine if she doesn't want to go to the trouble of typing and printing. OR you could type something up and send it to her to sign with a sase for her to send it back when she's done. It takes two seconds to put something in the mail. I know you said she seems nice but at this point I'd be going paranoid and hoping that she's really the owner or thinking that something was going on lol
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post #8 of 8 Old 09-13-2013, 05:58 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I was not okay with not signing papers at first but she "seems" so busy that I barely wet hear from her and I feel like I just own the horse because I have such minimal contact with her. I told her if she will take the amount I offered to pay right now. (Which was $500 so wasn't a huge lowball offer) I am willing to DRIVE it to her. But, she never answered me. If she has intentions on taking him back she's more then welcome to come pick him up. But I highly highly doubt she has time/money/space for him when he's at no use to her whatsoever.
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