I bought this horse for $3500 and at the time I thought he was worth it. He was supposed to eight years old, broke for kids, and overall a good horse. He was purchased for an eight year old so he had to have patience and control.
We got him home and he was a beautiful paint. The previous owner got on him and he acted up a bit but we blamed that on the trailer ride since he came a long ways.
Then we got on him ourselves. He was awful he wouldn't let us do anything with him, so there he sat for four years. Finally when I had gotten through some personal problems I realized he couldn't just sit for four years, so we brought him to a trainer.
The trainer was excellent. He was a really great guy and we trusted him to do what he could to make the horse ride-able. He stayed there for about three days before we got a phone call. The horse had an injury. A bad one. We couldn't ride him, not because he was bad but because he hurt. If we had been paying more attention, we would've caught this because he was so good about everything until we asked him to work.
Besides that we had went four years without papers. We got his papers and it turned out he was four years older than we were told. So the seller lied about the age and ride-ability. And for what? Money.
More importantly than those lies is the fact that not only were we cheated but the little girl, who was to own her first horse, her heart was broken. Its hard for "adults" to put down their horses so how must it feel for a little girl who had her hopes up to ride him for the first time in four years to have to make the decision of life or death for her first horse who is so injured he can't even get up? How must the "seller" of the horse feel to smash her dreams for money?
That's my sob story. RIP, buddy, sorry we didn't know before hand.