So I recently purchased a two year old on an online auction site. The horse went straight from the seller to my trainer (who is a few hours away). I have yet to see my horse, however received pictures yesterday. I alo just recently received his AQHA papers. While I was looking at the pictures my trainer sent I realized I did not see his freeze brand on the back left haunch. I realize there is winter hair and all but figured I would see white flicks on a chestnut horse. Well I contacted my trainer to double check for me and he assured me that the horse does not have a brand.
There was no mention of markings or brand on the online auction site, but when I received the papers to send them in for transfer of ownership I noticed the brand.
Who is responsible for this? How should I proceed?
According to the papers they belong to a horse that has a brand and mine is clearly lacking that- in my eyes it would be considered as not being the same horse and something that the seller should have corrected before consigning to the auction.
Input would be greatly appreciated!