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post #21 of 31 Old 07-05-2013, 10:21 PM
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Keeping my fingers crossed. I hope that is was just all a misunderstanding. I did see your post you mentioned in that group, and I agree that there were some angry comments made.
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post #22 of 31 Old 07-09-2013, 08:35 PM
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I hope it's not a scam! I know, when the breeder of my kitten failed to return my texts and phone calls I reported it to paypal. This caused her to not be able to receive any payments for anything until the situation was resolved. It was the only way I had to get a hold of her and it certainly got her attention! (She wasn't a bad person, just had changed her phone number and hadn't managed to get me her new number! I still got my boy). Paypal makes it pretty easy to get somebody's attention, and seems like it would be difficult to scam through.
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post #23 of 31 Old 07-09-2013, 08:37 PM
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Amy updates from the last few days?
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post #24 of 31 Old 07-10-2013, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Issue resoved, finally.

Hi everyone, just wanted to give an update and let you know that this issue with SOKY has finally been resolved. Sadly, without me bringing Lemaan home, but that is my own decision. At this point, I am just done. Way too much nonsense.

#1 - Despite lots of inconsistencies, this organization did not turn out to be a scam. Jeff seems to care deeply about the horses.

#2 - The major problem I had was a lack of communication. The best way to get in touch with Jeff is definitely via text message. Wish I had known that earlier, rather than dealing with unanswered voicemails and emails.

#3 - The first AND the second shipping arrangements that SOKY made to bring Lemaan to VA fell through If I could go back, I would have avoided all the heartache and just rented a trailer or hired a shipping company directly. I felt like such an idiot having to call the barn and reschedule his arrival, again and again. And then finally tell them that the second shipper fell through and I wouldn't be bringing the horse after all.

#4 - Jeff called today and apologized. He was very gracious, and agreed to refund me the full amount.

Despite all of this craziness, I don't think any of this was intentional on the part of SOKY, and Jeff offered to do whatever it took to make me happy. (Including transporting Lemaan to me himself.) Although I am really saddened to not be bringing Lemaan home, I think that this is the best option for everyone involved, and I'm sure he will end up finding a great forever home.

Thanks again for all the feedback and support. XO
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post #25 of 31 Old 07-10-2013, 10:16 PM
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well when your refund shows up please post.
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post #26 of 31 Old 07-16-2013, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Hi everyone, wanted to provide an update. I did get my money refunded, in full. Thank goodness. So happy this saga is over... complete nightmare.
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post #27 of 31 Old 07-20-2013, 11:03 AM
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ALMOST sounds like the horse did not exist to me..... My hoof trimmer was just asking me if I knew the guy that rescued Arabs (Glasgow is near me), and I had never heard of him. Now I can say I HAVE!!

Can you PM me a physical address so I can go over there? I am not on Faceboook.
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post #28 of 31 Old 07-20-2013, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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There was so many red flags with this whole situation, you may be right, Nancy. The advice of about 200 posts in response to my Facebook question was essentially "RUN!! CALL THE POLICE!" It was bad. I never want to believe the worst in people, and Jeff did seem very apologetic and nice on the phone. But... the comments certainly were alarming.

The address posted on the Facebook page for the SOKY Equine Development Center is:

1909 Carden RD
Glasgow, Kentucky 42141
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post #29 of 31 Old 08-15-2013, 07:44 PM
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Following the thread on this, so glad it worked out that you received your $$ back. I think at one time there was some kind of a tie in with ARM (Arabian Rescue Mission) but they were kicked out of their place (same location as SoKY) when the landlord increased the rent 600% (according to ARM website). They had to move quickly and disperse the horses.

In looking at some info on Google...Jeff was associate with that group. Maybe he owns the land and then decided to start his own "rescue"?

I too agree with most, sounds very odd/strange/suspicious. Good info, thanks all!
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post #30 of 31 Old 09-11-2013, 11:53 PM
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This is what happened in my dealings with Jeff. I drove down there, picked out some horses, worked with Jeff for some extra time to allow me to fix some fences, paid for them he arranged the delivery and they showed up on time healthy and with Aha registration transfer paperwork. I don't mess with people I cant meet first or buy big things that I cant put myhands on first. I also have a firm but polite way of conveying to somebody that I don't mess around. Its always worked for me. Growing up in downtown Chicago teaches you things. So am I happy? Oh yeah. Would I deal with Jeff again? YES. Jeffs issue is hes 1 guy doing the work of five or six. I can see where a lot of this could have happened. I bate to see this blown way the hell out of proportion on the Internet. Jeez.
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