Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
You live and learn.
Take this as a lesson, and use it as such.
We have far more stringent laws in Germany, contract or not. It protects the buyer more than the seller, and I have seen it happen to a friend who bought a horse. Paid up front before the vet check, signed a scrap piece of paper that said what the horse was (name breed age etc). I had warned her to pay a deposit, but it was her choice.
We verbally agreed with the owner three times that if the horse failed its PPE, it would come back for full refund.
It failed, x-rays were taken and he had an old fracture. Then the previous owner blamed my friend saying it was in the trailer or at our yard. Then her vet looked at the xrays and said it was quite normal for a horse of that age etc etc.
It went to court, and 8 months later she got the full refund of the horse and the vets fees. But stable fees, shoes etc were not covered.
No one is nice when it comes to selling a horse. I just always go in thinking someone has something to hide. Not a nice was to think about it, and I was still caught out with another.