I am in GA and bought a horse over the internet in FL. Was familiar with the bloodlines and had spoken with a previous owner and others who knew of the horse and got all glowing reviews. The horse, a stallion was advertised on multiple internet sites as being 15.3hds tall and on the Farms website (*************** in Ocala) as being 15.3hds tall. I paid for the horse in advance. No, I did not have a vet check done as I was primarily interested in the horse as a breeding animal so soundness wasn't a huge issue. I knew he was a proven sire. What no one told me is, the horse is barely 15 hds and not quite that bare foot. I do have a signed Bill of Sale stating the horse is 15.3hds tall. I do not yet have the horse's registration papers which were promised to me. They are "in process".
We went down to pick up the horse this past Saturday. Got there and I noticed the horse was small and commented on that. Person I had been dealing with, barn manager, was not there and out of town. I was rattled but since I had already paid for the horse, loaded him up and took him home thinking, I would take it up with the barn manager. I stewed on it for 6 hours driving home and the more I thought about it the more it bothered me. Got home, get the horse out of the trailer and stick him and sure enough he's a midget. I immediately contacted the barn manager and said this is unacceptable and unprofessional and unethical and I would like to return the horse for a refund. She says sorry, but she didn't do the ads and that she hoped he was settling in well. I spoke with someone else, a minion - administrative assistant type, who told me I should have had a vet check the horse's height if I was so concerned but they would not take the horse back and issue a refund. Do I have any recourse? Am I just SOL? This place is holding itself out as a business with farms in FL, CO, CA and Canada. Thank you for any constructive advice. Yes, I do know buyer beware but I do thing it is terribly wrong for this outfit to lie by omission with intent (which I concede may be difficult to prove) in order to unload a short, less marketable horse. I paid twice what he is realistically worth.