I've found a mare that I'm extremely interested in BUT her papers are not in current owner's name....and current owner has owned her for approximately two years. Should I keep looking or is it a big pain to get papers in my name?
Thanks..I'm a worrier and the "what ifs" get me....I like things to be in order.Ummm, I have to confess that I'm behind in transferring some of our horses into our name in AMHR. I finally got everyone current in AMHA (except for a yearling colt and our 2008 foals, but am working on that now). Things just got busy and life got in the way, although the paperwork was all in order to send in. So, I'm chipping away at catching up on the AMHR stuff now.
If you were interested in the horse but really uncomfortable about the paperwork status, then make the sale contingent on their sending in the paperwork to transfer into their names first. You can even give them a small (refundable) deposit to show you're serious about the purchase, and it would cover the transfer fees if money was an issue on their end. On the other hand, I've purchased horses that had their owner transfer signatures from 5 years ago (and heaven knows how many owners in the interim), and luckily did not run into problems getting them into my name.