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        09-20-2009, 11:08 PM
    Sometimes life sucks...

    So Friday, my husband and I made a nearly 5 hour trip one way, to go look at a horse. A girl was interested in Danni, so of course, he was coming too. Well we tried each other's horses, talked about them for a good while, and decided to go ahead with the trade.

    Well last night I recieved a call from the mom, and she said that upon a vet check it was discovered that Danni was 15, not 7, like I was originally told. I was in shock; I had just had a health check two months ago, and the vet looked in his mouth, but didn't say anything????!!!!

    Anyway, she believed me, but the vet was a total jerk about it and was accusing her and I of fraud, and accused her of trying to get a vet certificate to resell him at an untruthful age; so she needed to come and get Faye. I contacted his former boarding facility, and she had no clue either; all of his prior coggins papers even said that he was younger. This totally sucks, because the girl is devastated. She also wanted a younger horse, who would be able to perform in gaming events for a long time, so she was in a rock and a hard place.

    It sucks for me too, because Danni really clicked with her, and he and I just don't; I can ride him just fine, mind you, but his attitude is "I wanna go, I wanna go, I wanna go.", and I want a horse who is more laid back and willing to do pleasure, and dressage.

    So I've got my goofy Appy back, but I'm not extremely excited about it, because of the circumstances surrounding why...I can see if they didn't click, or he started having issues, but over age, and no way to prove whether he is or isn't 15? He could be 7, but maybe he was severely neglected when he was younger, I know that can cause 'premature' wear on teeth, but I'll never know, because there is no way to contact his previous owners (the ones who abandoned him) and no way to find out where he came from before then.

    If someone did lie about his age before, I'd like to stangle them right about now! I mean, the previous owners had him for 3 years, I think, and that would have put him at 12? That's not a bad age, so why lie about it? Uggggh!!!
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        09-21-2009, 12:17 AM
    I would be pissed to. WHy wouldnt she just keep him? I mean he could certainly still game and what not. I think that vet needs a kick in his a$$ or go back to vet school. There is a big difference between a 7 year olds teeth and a 15 year olds teeth.
        09-21-2009, 12:29 AM
    Green Broke
    That kinda happened with my lease mare, when her real owner bought her. She was told Candy was 12 years old. (a good age in my opinion) But the vet said Candy was 17, and the dentist said that Candy is around 20. So who really knows! And all her papers (cogins and rabies) say she is 18 and a half.

    It must really suck! I am sorry that happened to you! I don't understand why the girl didnt just keep your appy??
        09-21-2009, 01:18 AM
    Originally Posted by Jillyann    
    That kinda happened with my lease mare, when her real owner bought her. She was told Candy was 12 years old. (a good age in my opinion) But the vet said Candy was 17, and the dentist said that Candy is around 20. So who really knows! And all her papers (cogins and rabies) say she is 18 and a half.

    It must really suck! I am sorry that happened to you! I don't understand why the girl didnt just keep your appy??

    Well since no one could give proof of his age, they were going to have to deal with inspectors, and some federal agent, and they probably would have lost him, even though it was totally no one's fault (atleast from mine and their ends). The vet was a real jerk about it, but at the same time, he had to report it, because the coggins DID say that he was 7, when his teeth told otherwise. I know people out there do try to sell horses as younger than they are, so I know the vet was between a rock and a hard place too. It was a real mess this morning, so we decided that it would be best to just trade them back.

    The girl is also a younger girl, like 13, so she really wanted a horse that would be able to perform at high stress levels for many years yet; I think he could have done it, but who knows, in a couple of years, he may have slowed down, and not been real competitive. I also didn't think (once I found out his age) that it was really fair for them to have a 15 year old, when I got the 6 year old. They had been asking a much higher price on Faye too, which also made me feel like it was an unfair situation for them.

    Atleast I will be able to advertise him with his 'true' age now...but I wish I'd have been able to in the first place. I don't really know how to tell a horse's age by his teeth, otherwise, I would have known, because I play with horse's mouths all the time!
        09-21-2009, 01:51 AM
    You know..All of Duchess' coggins state that she's 10 but her papers state she's 13. Not the biggest deal but it was kind of annoying. DEFINITELY not obvious as a 7-15yr's teeth =/.
    I'd suggest to your vet that she go back to school for another year.
        09-21-2009, 02:01 AM
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    That's such a bummer! Hopefully you'll be able to find the right new person for Danni, even at his older age!

    Lacey's previous owners did a similar thing to me. She was born at their house so there's really no excuse. They told me she was 20 and I believed them because she behaves and looks much younger than her real age. Well, 6 months later I happened to get a glimpse of her little birth certificate thingy and it just so happens that she's really 24. >.< I still totally love her but I probably wouldn't have agreed to take her if I had known her true age.

    People are so annoying.
        09-22-2009, 03:01 PM
    I'd get a second opinion before I took one vets word over another. It's easy to loose track of how old a horse is especially if you have several horses.

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