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post #61 of 63 Old 02-19-2013, 03:05 PM
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I believe most vets can only legally give out that you are a client - depending on individual state laws though. The few times I actually had references check my vet that was all they needed - that yes, I have used their vet services. They don't give the details out.

no pricing stipulations, just a clause stating you will give them the first opportunity to buy if you decide to sell...BUT, this is not a home you'd want the horse going back to? Would you still be alright with honoring the contract if it puts the horse in a bad situation?
In a case where I do not want the animal going back (not talking about a situation where I just disagree with their keeping practices - like stalling vs pasture or something but the horses are otherwise okay, but if the horse was starving when I got it from them or something like that where I feel it would be neglected/abused) I would probably chance it and just place the horse as I see fit.

I do not mind letting previous good homes know that I am selling if they want a shot at buying the animal and may even give them a heads-up if they did not ask just incase they were interested - I mean quick sale if they do want it back, right? But in a case where the animal may be put in a bad situation, I'll just chance having to pay something in court to ensure the horse is safe.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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post #62 of 63 Old 02-28-2013, 12:55 PM
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Turn the tables...

Well lets say that you have had your beloved horse for long while and have put a lot of care love time and training into the horse. Then something happens you didn't count on. You lost your job. Not so uncommon in today's economy is it? People are selling horses at a quarter of the value their worth on average that I've seen. They are forced to sell and usually with these people if you ask them their not really wanting to sell it but have to because of this reason or that reason. Those cases are the ones in which I see a lot of first right of refusal's on it. Because you know what just because time is hard right now maybe in a year things will be good for them again and you decide you don't want the horse and yeah they'd want it back. Just because they had to sell it don't mean they didn't love it!
I see people comparing it to buying a car. Horses aren't cars people. Unless your buying from a horse trader then the owners usually care a great deal about the horse.

Its not bad or mean either if they want to know whereabouts the animal is going to be kept. Seriously. I sold a horse last year and thought the people were the most loving on earth. Claimed they rescued horses! Come to find out my precious stallion was holed up in a tiny stall where he could barely move and standing in 2ft of manure and mud. We ended up getting him back barely alive after 6 weeks. He'd lost 350lbs. Do you honestly THINK when I sold him that THIS was what I wanted for him?? Everyone said why didn't you check out the place before selling him. Oh because I didn't want to be one of "those" sellers. Well guess what. I am now. I spent a year getting him back to good physical & mental health and am looking once again to sell him. Guess what my first question is??
And do you think for a minute I wouldn't want first right of refusal? Because maybe I want to ensure that what he went through NEVER happens again.
Just because a horse I've raised for 10 years isn't what we need now don't mean I don't care about him. And hey what would it hurt you after buying the horse to be able to say how much you love and adore your new horse to me? Isn't that what most people say about their new horse is how much they love it and what their new goals are to achieve together? Maybe I'd just like to know you love him as much as I do becaue it'll give me peace in my heart knowing I allowed you to buy him.

There's no reason to treat previous owners as a bad ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

Unfortunatly horse prices are in the toilet so bad that you can't set prices high to weed out bad buyers. I thought that couple was awesome. How wrong I was!
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post #63 of 63 Old 03-08-2013, 11:39 PM
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My horse has recently had some lameness issues that the vet thinks will be resolved enough for him to be a really nice trail horse with light arena work, perfect for someone who just wants a nice horse they can hop on and ride out on the trails. I, however, want to start jumping and becoming a better rider. My horse isn't the horse I need anymore but I would never ever ever want him to end up in a bad situation because he's not totally 100% sound for hard work.

Reading your responses to this post have helped me feel much better about including a right of first refusal if I decide to sell my horse. I don't want to be able to check up on him whenever I feel like it or be snoopy, I just want to make sure that if the buyer ever ends up in a situation where they have to get rid of the horse, I know he can have a good home with me. I know if he ever ended up in a bad situation I would never forgive myself. He means the world to me so if I sell him I will take the time to find someone who fits him perfectly so I don't have to worry but horses are expensive and unpredictable things can happen. I always want to know that the horse will have a good home.
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