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I purchased my horse from a lady who "rescued" a horse from the previous owner. This previous owner had to sell him in order to buy feed for his other horses. He wasn't in good condition at the time.

Is it rude if I ask her the name of his previous owner? She did not disclose his name (nor did I ask) when I bought him. I am curious about his past and that is my reason for wanting to contact the previous owner. I just wonder if it is none of my business or if it is perfectly acceptable to ask this information.
 

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I always ask for previous owners names! I like to keep track of all my horses' histories. I wouldn't consider it rude at all! If she doesn't feel comfortable disclosing the info...fine...but it's worth a try! :)
 

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I would ask, no harm trying. The worst she can say is no. :D
 
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Given the circumstances he was in, it's an even better reason to ask. My horse was abused as well, but taken out of a slaughter house so I have no way of tracing who previously had him. I have his breeder's name, strangely he was actually born about 20 min from where I live, but also know that he was the breeder's husband's horse and was sold when the husband died in a car accident. I can't get any further on him, but would love to.
 

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Beware though that this seller might of been fibbing a bit about the previous owner so she may not want you to have the information.

How long did she have this horse before you purchased him?
 

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Beware though that this seller might of been fibbing a bit about the previous owner so she may not want you to have the information.

How long did she have this horse before you purchased him?
About 2 months. I think she got him around mid November. He still has just a little bit of weight to gain, not much. She owns the boarding facility that I board with and her workers confirmed that he was in bad shape.

He's a rare breed which leads me to think that it is more likely that I can find out his background.
 

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Just out of curiousity, what breed is he?
He is a gaited curly horse. I don't know if he is BLM (where their gaits come from are a mystery), if he was bred, or if he is actually a gaited horse that "accidentally came out curly". Often a Missouri Fox Trotter will come up with some curl. He isn't super curly (mostly his legs), it's more of a thick wave all over. He curls up a lot when he is sweaty, but is not what you would typically think of a curly horse.
 

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Absolutely you have every right to know where the horse came from. It's not only beneficial for you but also for him!

Good luck! Sometimes it can be hard to find history but if there's something that stands out about him it may not be too difficult.
 

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These aren't the best pictures because they were taken with my cell. I'm going to take some really good ones this weekend.

For some reason the camera makes him look more brown, but he is actually very red. The up close picture is after I took the saddle pad off. He always curls up where he is sweaty. After drying, he goes straight/wavy (except for his legs which are always curly).
 

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If you need a legitimate excuse to back up your reason for asking for the previous owners you could always say you feel you need to know in case there should be any training issues and areas where the horse needs to be more cautiously approached ( like shying and so forth).

This is an area that I would want to know anyways.
 
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