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post #1 of 11 Old 03-08-2016, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
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Trying to find my old horse

So in October I sold my horse becuase I wanted him to go to someone who could properly train him. I was promised updates and pictures and was told I could come visit him if I like (that was the only way I could stand to part with him), well anyways, this girl takes him home, over the next two weeks she sends me some pictures of him, and then she told me she was considering selling him already. I told her that I would help her find someone to take him, or I would have even bought him back becuase I LOVED him. Well I never heard if she decided to do this or not, and then I couldn't get ahold of her anymore, I tried multiple times and was ignored. Last week I posted on Facebook looking for him, and within an hour she messaged me telling me I was immature for posting about her and causing her all kinds of problems (even though my post just stated what info i had about him and that I just wanted to find him to make sure he was doing okay) so I apologized anyways and she told me she'd get me the info on who she sold him too when she got him, so I took the post down. Well, I never heard from her that night so the next day I messaged her to ask if she could get me the info yet and she was VERY rude to me, and eventually told me she was busy and would get the info to me later. Long story short, still haven't heard from her. I really want to find him but I do not want to post on Facebook again becuase I don't want drama with her. Obviously I have all the info on my horse and I know the general area and time where he was sold, so what's the best way to go about looking for him? I was thinking I could start by calling the vets in that area but maybe that's a bad idea?
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post #2 of 11 Old 03-08-2016, 03:41 AM
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You sold the horse, your choice. The fact that the person sold him on when she had said she would keep in contact with you is bad luck. Nothing you can do about it.
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post #3 of 11 Old 03-08-2016, 05:42 AM
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The person who bought the horse may not be interested in communicating with you, and the person you sold him to is under no obligation to reveal their name or how to contact them. I'd be peeved if I was contacted out of the blue by a previous owner wanting information on MY horse.

Sorry OP, but you have no rights in this scenario. If you wanted to keep tabs on the animal, you shouldn't have sold him.
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post #4 of 11 Old 03-08-2016, 05:49 AM
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Unfortunately when you sell a horse you lose all rights to him, so if you really don't want to lose a horse, the best option is to keep him. People buy and sell horses for all sorts of reasons, maybe she found out that he isn't the right match after all, or maybe she is someone who buys cheap horses and tries to flip them for a profit.
I know that I would be uncomfortable if I bought a horse and the seller gave away my information to some other previous owner that I don't even know. The right way to do it would be for her to pass on your information to the new owner, so they can decide whether they want to stay in touch with you or not. But then if she is unreliable you never know if she would actually do that or just say she did.
Also, calling vets would be absolutely pointless, they are not allowed to give out information on their patients.

That being said, it's a free country, so of course you can put up a facebook or craigslist post about him, as long as you stick to information on the horse only. That way the new owner has the choice to contact you or not. Who cares about facebook drama with the girl who bought him, seems like she isn't willing to help you out anyways.
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post #5 of 11 Old 03-08-2016, 07:15 AM
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I totally understand that you just want to make sure that your previous horse is safe and in a good place. However, there is little you can do in this case.

That being said, this is probably what I would do:
I would nicely ask the girl who bought him from you if you could have the new owner's info 1 more time. If she says no, or doesn't reply, I would put the Facebook post back up and/or put an ad on Craiglist and other horse sale sites.

Also, is the horse registered? You might be able to contact the registration to see if the ownership has been transferred. They may give you the name of the person. The AHA gave me my horse's previous owner's name and I didn't even ask for it.

I hope that you can get some info on this horse =)
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post #6 of 11 Old 03-08-2016, 09:18 AM
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I feel very sorry for you and all the other people that have to sell horses for some reason and truly believe that they're going to a 'forever home' but unfortunately you can't always trust that a buyer is genuine or a dealer looking to make a quick turnover profit or maybe that they simply won't get on with the horse and pass it on
If you truly want to buy the horse back or just know where it is then this person cannot control what you put on Facebook or anywhere else provided you don't slander her or make accusations against her - just keep things very basic with only details of the horse's name, description, dates etc on it
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post #7 of 11 Old 03-08-2016, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the answers. I do realize that I don't technically have any rights to finding the horse or anything like that, but with that being said, I regret selling him more than anything, I would love to buy him back, but as long as I know he's okay and didn't end up in an auction somewhere, that's all I care about. I did think about the fact that his new owners may not want me contacting them and I told her she could pass on my information but she seemed more interested in just telling me theirs, before she started ignoring me. I guess as much as it kills me to not be able to do anything, I really can't. But I'll wait a week or so and if I don't hear from her I'll contact her one more time, and if that doesn't work I'll just make a facebook post. I know some people do have success with that so maybe I will too. If it upsets her then so be it I guess, I don't think she should have promised to keep me updated if that's not what she wanted to do. I know I would never hide anything about a horse if I bought it from someone. I've stayed in contact with everyone that I've got one from except for one person, but that's just because they didn't care to know or stay updated so I didn't bother them. I don't think horses are just like cars or other random objects where you can just sell them and forget it. Sometimes you have to sell them becuase it's what's best for them, and if you really love them it's hard to just let them be out there and not know what happens to them.
And no, he's not registered. He's a BLM mustang, when she picked him up she forgot to get his title (I wasn't even thinking about it becuase I was so emotional) so I mailed it to her later but she claims she never got it.
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I would post on FB anyway with just the info on the horse. You don't have to mention the girls name, just the general location of where the horse was with her. I don't see any harm in asking about him especially if you state that you are just interested in that he's in a safe place.
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post #9 of 11 Old 03-08-2016, 02:08 PM
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It wouldn't bother me one bit if a previous owner contacted me. In fact, I would be more than happy to share pictures or even have them to come out to see them. I doubt that would ever happen, though, two of them were in such bad shape it's clear that they didn't care about their well being.
Even though you sold your horse, I see nothing wrong with you wanting to check on him. In my opinion, the girl you sold him to is being rude. Of course, no one wants to be harrassed or bothered on a daily basis. I see nothing wrong with inquiring about him.
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Next time I post I'll make sure none of her info is in the post so I don't cause problems. And thank you for understanding, I agree, any person who contacted me about a horse they use to have I would be happy to fill them in and let them come see him. The one person I didn't keep updated had no desire in knowing how he was doing and he was pretty under nourished when we picked him up. I haven't harassed her or anything, I've given her plenty of time to answer, until last week the last time I tried to contact her was in January, becuase I didn't want to annoy her, yet she was still rude (and I don't mean by not giving me info, I mean the way she spoke with me). It is very frustrating but hopefully I can get something figured out soon.
Coincidently, a little mare that I sold around the same time as him, her new owner got ahold of me today saying she was considering selling her and wanted to let me know so I would have an opportunity to buy her back first if I want. I wish that was the case with my mustang too.
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