As you could tell by the title of this forum, I am struggling to find my horse’s papers. I have owned my horse, Bear, for almost eight months now and never received any papers from the owner. Therefore I don’t know his age, breed, past, etc.
I bought Bear for $750 from a barn that recently closed down. This barn was a typical summer camp barn, where children would come ride the horses on trails and pony rides, always Western. This owner of Bear, however, only had him for about five months before I got him, and from where she got him there was no contract signed. From what I can tell, she does not have his papers, therefore either his previous owners have them or they’re even further down the chain.
Normally, I would just ask the owner I got him from to see where she got him from, but this owner doesn’t necessarily like us. They’re an alcoholic as well, which just makes the situation a bit more complicated. Because of this, I’m hesitant to ask her about my horse’s papers. When I purchased him, she claimed she forgot where she got him, but I don’t believe this is the case.
I’ve gotten extremely curious about Bear’s past, because he seems like he’s been taught dressage and been a hunter jumper in his past (I ride him English). The only things I know for sure about him are his name and his most recent previous owner.
I guess I’m just asking for advice on what to do in this situation. I’m kind of lost.
You could try a DNA test for breed (Texas A&M is not expensive and are very quick), and then get in touch with the specific breed association to see what options are available. If he has any identifying marks, list them when you write or email. I was able to track my boy, but he does have a tattoo, so it wasn’t difficult. Depending on the breed, he may have been DNA verified by the breeder, so having the DNA results would help with that as well.
This reply was modified 11 months, 1 week ago by Joe-Joe. Reason: needed more words
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