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post #1 of 17 Old 10-15-2010, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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Had an awful experience looking at a horse today

We had an appointment to go look at a 7 year old Appy gelding this morning. We drove two hours one way to get there at 10 am, and she acknowledges that shed be with us in a moment, that she was showing these people another horse.

As I am getting out of the car, there are 3 dogs walking around. The huge malnourished Mastiff walked up behind me and bit me on the leg. He then went over to my husband and bit his leg as well. He didn't break the skin, but we both have bruises. This was completely unprovoked. We were not even looking at or touching the dog when he bit us.

We saw the horse we came to see in the pasture and stood at the fence looking at him. He had a club foot and his feet looked like they hadn't been trimmed in 12 weeks. He had a halter on and walked up to us at the fence, so I was able to look at his teeth. He was at LEAST 9 or 10 years old.

40 minutes later she walks over to us and asks if we're ready to meet him. My husband told her we actually needed to leave because he had to get to work. She says, "Well why didn't you tell me you had a time limit?" He says, "We did. That's why we made an appointment for 40 minutes ago. And by the way, your dog bit both of us." She replies, "Did he break the skin? He probably just wanted treats." Not even an apology for being late or her dog biting us.

What a waste of my day.

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post #2 of 17 Old 10-15-2010, 02:24 PM
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That sucks
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Next time I would throroughly check out the person/place the horse is at. See if they have websites, or anyone that can give you a review of their experience.

Did you see photos of the horse before hand? You sure can tell a lot from photos (background, etc.). Just do your homework and you'll be a lot better off :P

Sorry you had to deal with this!

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Next time I would throroughly check out the person/place the horse is at. See if they have websites, or anyone that can give you a review of their experience.

Did you see photos of the horse before hand? You sure can tell a lot from photos (background, etc.). Just do your homework and you'll be a lot better off :P

Sorry you had to deal with this!
This was a private seller or so the ad led me to believe. They didn't have a website. He looked great in the photos.
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Did you really only set aside 40 minutes that close to going to work to look at a sale horse?

Do I think the owner handled things correctly? No. But I have a hard time imagining someone would only allow 40 minutes.
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Did you really only set aside 40 minutes that close to going to work to look at a sale horse?

Do I think the owner handled things correctly? No. But I have a hard time imagining someone would only allow 40 minutes.

We set aside two hours to look at the horse. But after walking on the property, both of us getting bitten by an unattended 100 pound dog, being ignored for 40 minutes, and seeing that the horse was in fact at least 2 or 3 years older than we were told, and that he had a club foot, we decided to leave.
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We set aside two hours to look at the horse. But after walking on the property, both of us getting bitten by an unattended 100 pound dog, being ignored for 40 minutes, and seeing that the horse was in fact at least 2 or 3 years older than we were told, and that he had a club foot, we decided to leave.
Well I don't think you were being ignored...she had another person on property who also was looking at a potential buy. Yes perhaps tht all could have been organised better, but to say she was ignoring you isn't fair IMO. Also a horse w a club foot, w proper farrier work, can be easily managed.
She should have been up front re age, but 3yrs isn't huge imo, not like she said it was 5 and it turned out to be 15. But she may have also been told it was a certain age when she got the horse and is now just going on tht info...a lot of ppl don't know how to age a horse by their teeth.
Just saying that other then the dog incident I wouldn't be too terribly annoyed. Guess thts just me.
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some people are so strange....

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First, the poor dogs need to be cared for, but there's a hint.. if they don't care for their dogs, they won't be caring for their horses. Also, a club foot can also look much worse with lack of trimming. But had he not had his teeth done either, that is a possibility that they were judged wrong with age. I wouldn't trust this woman.. she seems more about money then about her horses or "clients". She definitely should have scheduled better times. At least gave you an opportunity to look at the horse, brush him, walk him, etc, before waiting 40 minutes.. That's absolutely BS. Waste of a 2 hour drive.

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That sucks! What a crazy! I know what it's like to drive 2hrs to find exactly what u didn't want. Be glad it didn't break tge skin though:then it would rabies innoculation time :(
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