Originally Posted by PaintMyQuarters View Post
Thats what I would think as well...
I puchased him through the auction straight from the breeder.
Start with understanding that this is a property dispute.
Begin by contacting the breeder and also alerting your attorney and asking, ahead of time, how $much it may cost if you have to sue. The breeder gets one chance
to prove that this horse matches the papers. If the papers have been switched and the breeder didn't do it, the breeder must deal with the auction house about mishandling the registration papers, and then satisfy you with either the correct horse or the correct papers.
If you discover that the breeder did indeed switch the papers, contact your attorney and, now listen to this: LET YOUR ATTORNEY DO ALL CONTACTING AND ALL OF THE TALKING!!!!!!!
You paid for the horse that matches the paperwork, OR you paid for another horse that is registered, or not registered. The extra money you put out is for a registered horse from this auction, as opposed to a horse that you did NOT bid on but was delivered to your trainer. You did not mention whether the brand was visible or mentioned during the online auction.
Your goal is just to match the horse to the correct papers.
Decide NOW if you like this horse and are happy with what you paid. You never know--you may have gotten a better horse than the one you won in auction. OR, the horse is lesser and the papers are for a deceased animal. There are many possibilities. Good luck. =D