I have hit what I think is a weird obstacle in buying a horse.
I went to view a mare about three weeks back and really liked her. I took a week to think it over, then texted the seller to tell them that I wanted to buy. They texted back to say this was great and even offered to transport the horse to my yard for free. So far so good.
The seller wanted cash in hand, which was fine. I asked if we could have a reciept of sale, and they refused. They offered to deliver the horse and take payment on delivery, so that we wouldn't be handing over cash before hand.
Now, this perturbed me a bit, but as they had the passport and the horse was sound, etc, I said ok, we will sort out the passport when you deliver. I then went and checked online what fees I had to pay to change ownership on the passport. That was when I discovered that there was a form that both the seller and the buyer needed to fill out and return to the passport agency.
I figured this was easy enough and texted to the seller that I would be happy to print this form out and bring it along to the yard.
The seller then rang me and insisted that such a form was not needed. They then added that their father had bought the horse and they were selling it for him, so he would write a letter confirming we had bought the horse from him.
Then they admitted that the only name on the passport is that of the original breeder
Well, I was really confused by now and my YO offered to go up and chat to the seller with me. We were both pretty sure it was going to be easily sorted. I arranged to go up and see the horse again and chat. The seller was happy enough. That was yesterday afternoon.
This morning we were due to visit, I got a call from the seller. The horse had a small cut on its leg and couldn't be ridden as it was too swollen. They said it was a field injury (lives out) and that they were getting it penicillin and they would call me in a couple of days to rearrange a viewing.
Now, I am probably worried over nothing but the horse was meant to be sold to me on 4th November - this isn't a big window.
Is it likely that a horse could be sound one day, too lame to ride the next, but fit for sale within a week?
The horse did have a very small scratch on its leg the day I viewed it originally. I pointed it out at the time and the seller said they were going to treat it with purple spray. Since then, I have been assured several times that the horse was fine and riding well, so I just figured that it was just a little scratch and had been treated.
I am worried. Should I go ahead with the sale or walk away? Or should I ask for more time - insist that the horse is sound for a set time before buying?
Main problem is that it is a lovely animal and just what I wanted in a horse. But the seller has, well, spooked me a little with their odd behaviour.
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