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post #1 of 29 Old 01-23-2013, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy purchased a horse 4days ago had to take to vet today possibly limp in both front legs

I am in SC and I purchased a horse this Saturday was told the horse was sound and being that I am just starting out I had a friend who has been a horse owner for years go with me. I was asked to sign a bill of sale saying the horse was sold as is. (That should have been the first red flag) but I absolutely fell in love with this horse. Well Sunday my children were home so I just saddled her up and rode around the yard, I didn't notice any stumbling or limping but she seemed not to want to mind me after about 30 mins I got off and put her up. I already had a farrier coming Monday to shoe my other horse and was told this horse never wore shoes and just needed a trim. Well Monday morning I noticed a small limp in her front leg the farrier checked her hooves and noticed nothing that would be causing the limp and told me to call a vet and I did. Well her appt was this morning and we were told she is probably lame and would possibly require surgery on both front legs. I am heart broken I feel like I have been played a fool. The vet said she was probably medicated and sold to me that normally it takes 2 days for brute to wear off. I contacted the previous owner and they assured me that that was not the case. But they have not offered any help. I traded a mare I had paid $350 for and $400 cash after the $150 vet bill I am now out over $900 not including traveling cost. Is there anything I can do??? Is surgery my only option? Can the previous owner be held liable?? Please help me I really do love this horse and no matter what my husband and I will see that she gets the care she needs but this is such a bad way to start out our new hobby.
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post #2 of 29 Old 01-23-2013, 06:41 PM
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If you signed a bill of sale saying "as is" then, sadly, sounds like there's nothing you can do. You've been totally scammed.

The police can't do anything BUT you could contact a lawyer for further advice - if they lied to you, then perhaps you might have some grounds for a court case BUT it will cost a lot in legal fees, on top of the surgery your horse needs...

It is probably too late now, but can you get some blood taken to be tested for drugs? Probably too late but worth a try if you can prove the horse was drugged...

Unfortunately you've learnt the hard way to ALWAYS get a Pre-Purchase Examination.
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post #3 of 29 Old 01-23-2013, 07:52 PM
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Do these people make a living doing this? In having a stable and other horses for sale?

Try typing their phone number into Google search bar and see how many ads pop up for them.

You might also try, if you aren't embarrassed easily and if they make scam living doing this frequently, setting up with posters and signs saying so and so sold me a lame horse....

Might also see if anyone on FB recognizes this horse, as may be someone gave her to them for forever home, and would be upset to find out they did this, as well as may run across someone that owned horse and knows she had severe problems.

Hate this happened. With all the good horses out there, it just galls me to see this happen.

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post #4 of 29 Old 01-23-2013, 07:54 PM
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What is wrong with the horse that she needs surgery? What do her feet look like? Have any x rays been done? Has the pain been pinpointed?

Need more info otherwise IMO you could have a very inept vet and/or farrier and a horse with contracted heels, thin soles, white line issues or thrush or something simple and fixable and then shame on them, not the seller. But, now you know why vet checks are important when buying horses for most people.

A bill of sale stating "as is where is" is very common to protect the seller so people don't buy a horse, do something stupid to it or injure it and then try to return it. This happens often enough as it is.

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post #5 of 29 Old 01-23-2013, 07:56 PM
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What did the vet say was wrong with this horse that surgery will be required?
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post #6 of 29 Old 01-23-2013, 07:59 PM
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I am a bit puzzled as to how new to this you are since I count at least two other horses in your story - the one you traded for this horse and the "other horse" the farrier was already coming to see..........
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Do you know who there vet is? if you do you can call and ask about the horses previous medical care and if the owners did in fact know you might have a case, Otherwise I think your SOL...If its a breeder you bought from then to save their name they may take the horse back as that would be bad buisness.
Why does the horse need sugery?
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post #8 of 29 Old 01-23-2013, 09:24 PM
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Something to consider - even IF you do manage to make a case of it (which the "as is" statement and your failure to have a PPE done before signing that), you will be in the sticky situation of A or B - A being having the money returned and B having the horse. In situations where issues are found in the sale/trade of live animals the injured party is not able to have both. You made it pretty clear you are already attached/seem to want to keep the horse.
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It is hard to give any thoughts on this when we don't know why the horse is lame...
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post #10 of 29 Old 01-23-2013, 09:50 PM
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Vet said Probably lame?? horse is or it isn't. were is location of problem,what kinda surgery,everything seems pretty vague here.
Yes not much you can do in case. Horse was sold as is{term commonly put on bill of sale}wouldn't read to much into the wording.As a Seller you never know what happens to your horse after it leaves your place,buyers can be equally dishonest so the terminology can be used to help protect them.
Things do sound fishy about the horses soundness agree,but without having a PPE done you don't know for sure & have nothing to fall back on to take back to seller.If your vet thinks this was a something going on for a while,you can present that to seller & if they value there reputation in horse community they should work with you to take horse back or some other agreeable terms like some sort of refund.Short of that I don't see much can be done,sorry
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