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        01-13-2010, 01:37 PM
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    Originally Posted by smoothmule    
    Is there a place to report false advertising when it has to do with online advertisement of a horse for sale? There is a mare that was advertised as champagne that is buckskin. They are asking a huge price, $4000. For this mare I'm sure it's because of the rare color. I asked her about it and she became very upset and had a friend (webmaster for her website) email me that she would sue me if I harassed her client again. Talk about a crazy situation but I feel for anyone who doesn't know the difference that might fall for this false advertising. They made a slight change, probably to protect themselves, and now the mare isn't "champagne" she is "registered as champagne". They know she is not champagne, it costs all of $20 to correct it on her papers and they emailed me and said it was "illegal" to change the color that the TWH put on her papers

    Does anyone else know how frustrating that is? I know I should just get over it but it bugs the heck out of me that someone would be so openly misguiding innocent buyers into thinking they are buying something special. Actually, the mare is very nice, she just isn't what they advertise. It gives honest owners and breeders a bad name when there are horse traders out there that are unscrupulous..........

    Sorry..........I am ranting.
    I had a similar problem with a horse I bought a few years ago. Was advertised as a well trained, quiet gelding blah blah, ridden by the seller's grandkids etc etc. He was a rescue tho and despite what the seller's information was verbally AND in the add, it was all fudge information.

    The horse had never in fact been safely ridden by any of them, and he not only tried to kill me 3 times but caused almost fatal injuries to someone else after I returned the horse to that rescue facility for a refund. The owners of the place, re-sold the horse after it was brought back. The buyers sued for a few millions and that facility closed down.

    Unless this is a horse you want REALLY bad, stay away. The horse industry is full of dishonest people on every corner you turn, and a lot of them ARE crazy and will get after you very easily and quickly.

    I have a feeling like their might be more than what you posted. Stay away from those people, it's just safer. You don't want them in your hair.
         
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