Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
Do you have a contract or emails, or even an advertisement, where this woman stated that this horse would be quiet and suitable for children?
The hard thing is with horses is that you can't really be sure what is making this horse do this. Presumably you have a new saddle on the horse, perhaps the fit is hurting her? Or maybe you are using a different bit that hurts? When horses move to a new location they can change dramatically. Maybe she is the kind of horse that tests people. You never know, the owner could have told you, in their experience, the truth.
Age - well it can actually be pretty hard. I've bought a horse and was told he was 14 and he was actually 17, but I think that isn't the seller lying to me, its just how things get muddled up over time. I've been known to underestimate my horse's age. Not deliberately but you just say "oh, she was two when I got her, and I've had her for a year or so, so maybe rising four" when in fact, when I thought about it she was rising six. But at some point in their lives many horses become "back paddock horses" where they sort of enter this "back paddock vacuum" and time moves and they emerge and what the owner thinks about them is completely wrong because they have forgotten so the 14 year old is 10, and then they sell them and no one knows better.
Have you talked to the seller? If you explain the problem maybe she'll be willing to buy the pony back. Be up front and honest about it. But she might not and I don't know if you really have a leg to stand on. That's why you shouldn't buy horses sight unseen, especially for a kids pony. I don't know why you'd do that, youngsters I can kind of understand, but a kids a pony.