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  1. #1
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    Jan. 28, 2009

    Default Etiquette for Contacting Previous Owner

    I puchased a horse about a month ago who is happy and healthy at home. Horse was purchased through a third party, but through word of mouth I do know the original owner. Is it appropriate to contact previous owner through facebook just to say hello and let them know she is doing ok? Or best left alone? I know I have one horse out there that I would love to find, but not all people feel that way. Thoughts?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct. 22, 2009


    I'd send a quick, polite message just letting them know horsie is now in your care and doing well, and they are free to contact you if they would like to know more. Then, they can either say thanks and drop it, or ask for updates, etc. This way they aren't pressured into it, but know you are happy to talk to them if they want to.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep. 19, 2002


    You could send a short email like "Hi, I am who purchased _____ & just wanted to let you know she has settled in well at her new home. I am so very pleased to own her & she is a wonderful horse."

    If the people want to pursue further contact with you, they will.

  4. #4
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    Nov. 17, 2006


    Yeah, I agree with the above posters. Short note is fine, and they can contact you if they are interested.

  5. #5
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    Feb. 20, 2010
    All 'round Canadia


    I actually found and contacted my mare's breeder a while back, just to tell her I have the horse and she's doing well at 20. I included a recent pic.
    The breeder responded with a nice note and pedigree info

  6. #6
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    May. 20, 2008


    I would LOVE to have someone contact me about a horse I previously owned! I have had it happen a couple times and have always been happy to talk to them.

  7. #7
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    Aug. 11, 2008


    As a previous owner looking for a horse that I feel I failed badly in selling to the wrong person, I would definitely encourage you to contact the previous owner.

    Just a nice "Hello. Just wanted to let you know that I bought
    Dobbin and she is fine and settling in very well with me."
    Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
    Witherun Farm

  8. #8
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    Dec. 1, 2007
    Gettysburg, PA


    I agree with the others, a short note letting them know the horse is with you and that they can contact you is great.
    Epona Farm
    Irish Draughts and Irish Draught Sport horses

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  9. #9
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    Mar. 31, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada


    I agree with the others...just a short note. I did it with one of my horses, and they ended up sending me pictures of the mare in her younger days as well as pictures of her foals.

  10. #10
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    Sep. 17, 2003
    Fort Myers, Florida


    I am the 6th owner of the 6 yo TWH I purchased last summer including the breeder and two traders.

    I traced back to the stable who had him for 3 years. The man was very happy to hear from me and shared all sorts of info for an hour! Turns out his employer had him liquidate the barn and all the horses. He had been very fond of my guy and was extremely happy to hear how much I love him.

    In this case it was the right thing to do!!
    "My treasures do not sparkle or glitter, they shine in the sunlight and nicker to me in the night"

  11. #11
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    May. 4, 2008


    Since the horses can't tell us their history, I would love to hear the story from the people who owned them! I have a few I would love to hear about their pasts! I even have a pony we bred and is now 29; she has passed through several owners and now we have her back forever for retirement. I would love to hear from her prior owners to piece together her stories.

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Nov. 12, 2006


    You may not know the exact reason why the individual had to sell the horse. In this troubled economy, it's a good bet that someone had to sell a horse because of money issues. Or it could have been a divorce, an illness, etc.

    Or they may just not be the "keep in touch" type, for their own reasons. I personally fall into this category, hence my opinion here.

    Actually I don't really understand the need for current owners to reach out to previous owners without being specifically asked to do so absent a serious training, shoeing or veterinary issue.

    Anyway, I'd keep it extremely short and sweet: "Hi, this is XXX, here's my contact info, I purchased Dobbin from XXX and please don't hesitate to get in touch should you ever want an update."

    I'd leave out anything that smacks of "he's settling in so wonderfully and really really loves it here at Awesome Acres and has the best of everything and is totally flourishing here with me" in the event they had to sell under less-than-ideal circumstances.

  13. #13
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    Feb. 6, 2000


    I'd be tickled to hear from new owners.
    "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

    ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

  14. #14
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    Jul. 24, 2006
    Seattle, WA


    I'm with the majority here and would love to be contacted by the new owners of my old horses! I have several that I sold quickly (when I was still "flipping" horses) that I wouldn't be able to contribute any interesting information, but could pass new owners on to the old owners. But I'd still love to hear how they're doing.

    I contacted my mare's breeder a few years ago and she sent me a boatload of information about her. It was great to chat with her and (I think) we were both really pleased about being in contact.

    I have a gelding that I owned for 10 years and sold as a 3'6" packer when it became clear that he wasn't interested in the big jumpers. The new owners contacted me a while back and I was happy to send baby pictures and a bunch of photos from horseshows through the years. He's a dressage schoolmaster now and the new owner was tickled to get pictures of him jumping around 1.45m courses. I heard she sold him and I'm thinking I may track down the new owners.

    And many years ago I tracked down the new owners of my horse-of-a-lifetime which led to many calls and e-mails that left me [happily] bawling and would have sent him home to me to retire if he hadn't colicked and passed away first.

    I'm always for offering contact. As others have said, I would keep it short and sweet and just offer up the contact if they're interested in getting an update.
    Forever exiled in the NW.

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