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