I'm so sorry this happened! Are you going to sell the 2nd horse with full disclosure? I hope your dad doesn't try to get back on him.
This is one of my biggest fears when the day comes and I buy a horse. That is why I would like an off farm lease, maybe 30 days if I could. I know sellers hate this and I understand. At the very least, I plan on finding a reputable barn and have a couple of people with me. And even then people get screwed!
You didn't get these horses from traders did you? I know some people have a lot of luck with traders but it's just too risky for me.
All buyers ask is that the horse is what they are paying for and is as described. It's a shame so many people are taken advantage of. It's not just losing money. A buyer can lose their life. I don't know how sellers live with themselves.
I asked my trainer about the word "bombproof" and she never heard of it. I ride English and maybe it's not an English term? I wonder if the word bombproof itself is maybe a sign that a seller is dishonest?
I don't know as much about purchasing horses as I've never owned one yet, but I know from working for a vet and doing rescue, there are certain words backyard breeders will use when selling dogs. And as soon as you see those words, you know it's a backyard breeder who is breeding for bucks and not quality.
Are there any terms that could tip off a buyer that a seller is being less than honest?
Don't mean to hijack your thread. When I buy a horse next year, I want a good trail horse like your dad. I know a lot of people think that trail horses are just dead head and dime a dozen, but IME, a good, solid trail horse is every bit as valuable as any other discipline. It may seem there are lot of good trail horses by ads, but experience says otherwise. Finding a good honest horse that isn't a spooker, bolter, bucker on the trail is actually harder to find than one would think.
I hope your dad isn't turned off to riding. I can totally see a man in his 60's just wanting to hang out and trail ride. He has every right to do that. I hope he's okay and that he finds his perfect horse.
Last edited by Heelsdown; 09-13-2011 at 01:32 AM.