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post #1 of 10 Old 05-12-2013, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Tracking down a sold horse

Alright so here goes.

I sold one of my paint geldings about 3 years ago now and we really want to track him down to see if we can possibly buy him back. He is registered with APHA, but it looks like the people that bought him never called in the transfer of ownership. I know the region of the state that he was sold to, and it is sparsly populated. But where do I go from here?
I was thinking of posting an ad of him on our local classifieds to see if anyone would respond but at the same time I don't want to insult the people that purchased him. So what now?

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post #2 of 10 Old 05-12-2013, 09:06 PM
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I would just see if you had any information on the people you sold home to.

If you can't find anything I'd post an add in the classifieds.

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post #3 of 10 Old 05-13-2013, 12:03 AM
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Put up an ad on Craigslist. Even if the person who now owns him doesn't see the ad, it might be that the farrier who works on his feet might see him, maybe a vet's assistant, maybe the neighbour of the owner. Be prepared for a lot of nuts to answer, though.

Something like: "Looking for a horse I used to own--sold to someone in this area. Do you recognise him? Please contact me, as I would like to know how he is doing."

Don't specify that you would like to buy him back--you will really get the nuts and scammers coming out of the woodwork with that! If the new owner contacts you, that's when you suggest that you would like him back.
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post #4 of 10 Old 05-13-2013, 12:06 AM
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Google search his registered name as well as the barn name you sold him under.

* I'm often reading and posting from mobile and Siri loves to make a mockery of the English language.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-13-2013, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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thank you all for helpful responses. Here is a link to his ad...
Looking for a horse I used to own-registered paint gelding | Mandan, ND

And of course I have no good photos of him so I had to add multiple photos to the ad to try to give someone a good idea of what he looks like. Some of those photos are so old! Any pointers on it? I feel that it gives across the correct message without revealing to much.

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post #6 of 10 Old 05-13-2013, 05:10 PM
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traceing sold horses

hiya the best bet is to contact who you last sold him to and conduct a serch there and on the way youll probley find leads that will take you straight to him.
the other alternative is eather a horse magaziene in the collom traceing horses or in the classfield and see what results that brings.
i will say this dont give up finding your horse will feel like a lottery win beleave me it is.
ok ill start here im michael and the girlfrend who passed on is vanessa.
she sold her pony tammy and the woman did not pay her the full amount.
she had 5 others and could not look after them so tammy was sold on and sold on again.
3 years down the line i said at vanessas grave side i would find her mare if she was alive or passed so i did.
i went to the first yard were she sold tammy and it brought back memorys and he directed me to another yard.
i went there and got a few more leads but no tammy thay said theres a cremello in a yard down the road.
so i investigated and in the feild it looked like her so i left a not with my name and cell number.
3 days went by and her owner rang me and we chatted and i got invited over.
i took papers pictures over o boy it was tammy she was owned by claire and her 2 daughters loran and sophy.
we chatted and i gave her tammys history and tammy was very fizzy and she was an x princephillip cup pony for mounted games it made sence to claire.
tammy sufferd a fractured shoulder and bounced back with vetanary treatment and claires loveing care as she sustained a sevear kicking from another horse.
i brought my sulky down and tought loran and sophy how to drive claire could not beleave it in what she could do.
i went to vanessas grave and said i have found your baby i said to claire i know you and we started chatting.
claire worked in watford genral hospital and was looking after vanessa whilst she was on a life suport machine tammys fammaly has got bigger.
i asked if tammy needs any thing just ask i also asked that if any thing happend to tammy could i have her cremated and have her ashes put with vanessas.
time went on and thay were moveing to the south west of england clare loran and sophy had a talk and thay gifted tammy back to me we took tammy to vanessas grave side and brought her to her new home she had a loveley 10 years with me and she was my gilding trickys partner a mach made in heaven.
tammy passed on nearley 2 years now and me and tricky lost both of our girls from the same fammaly as we are the same to.
i have skimed this story.
all i can say is dont give up and dont give in like this story above like me i hope you have a happy ending to i wish you the best of luck.
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Good luck with your search

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-13-2013, 06:34 PM
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Did they pay you with cash or do you have any way to check with your bank to get a copy of a deposited check with the buyer's name?

Also, when you sell an apha horse, there is a stub on the bottlm of the transfer form for the seller to fill out that notifies apha of a pending transfer (keeps people in line for multiple transfers that might be unrecorded) if you filled that out, maybe apha would give you the contact info.

Otherwise, the SW part of the state has seen so many people move in and out that it might be tough to track them down. If the buyers had plans to compete or use him in any trail riding associations or clubs, you could make a flyer and send it to those associations.
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post #9 of 10 Old 05-13-2013, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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I contacted one of the 4H groups in the area and they said they would ask around. I already talked to APHA and they said there was no transfer ever recorded; according to their records he is still registered under my name. I am going to call some more 4H groups and maybe some FFA groups too. I think that they paid with a check...I don't remember for sure or not. Contacting the bank is genius-I will have to do that tomorrow.

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-14-2013, 12:28 AM
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If you remember the amount and roughly the date, your bank can easily pull it up. You might even be able to view it using your online account.

I have apha plus membership and I did see that he was never transferred. The stub that I'm talking about is for the seller to fill out and send to apha. That way apha knows who to expect the transfer to come from. It eliminates "skipping" a transfer to save on fees. It is the "Notice of Sale" at the very bottom of this form

I'm only mentioning this again for anyone who may come across this thread for future reference to help keep registered horses traceable as much as possible.
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