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post #1 of 3 Old 10-11-2012, 12:43 AM Thread Starter
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What? Seller Lied About His Age?

This is more of a rant but I felt compelled to write so I could vent. The horse I bought this summer is not 17, he's 20. The woman who sold him to me thought he was 16 when she acquired him. She had very little information to give me about him, which I thought odd. I was able to locate the previous owner from her, and she agreed to talk about her horse and his history.

To make a long story short, previous previous owner sold her horse to this seller, with blankets, tack, and accessories for xxx. She was surprised that this horse was sold less than a year later for much more than she was paid. She had wanted her horse back if in the event the buyer no longer wanted him and had indicated that to the buyer at that time.

The issue for me is, the other owner says her horse would now be 20.
The seller told me he was 17. Now, she "may" be mis informed, but my sense is she knew he was older. I love this boy and want to care for him the best way I can to keep him healthy and sound. I am just disappointed in the seller (because she is the friend of my coach). I don't want to put my friend in the middle. I am just disappointed with the seller's integrity. The old owner also asked what came with him, and she is irritated most of the tack she sold him with was not kept with him. I got a bunch of old, mis matched stuff.

The good part is now at least she can visit her favorite horse any time she would like to visit, and she knows I love him. And we both know he is better off being with me versus being at the seller's barn. I do wish he was younger though!
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-11-2012, 01:38 AM
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I can see how you would be a little frustrated, it sounds like she shaved a few years off him to make him sound more appealing. I think a lot of people end up in this situation when buying a horse then finding out later either from an old owner or a vet that the horse is much older. Sometimes its an honest mistake and sometimes not. My boy was sold to me as an 18 year old but the last owner said that the owner before thought he was around 20. She was told 18 by a vet but who knows, it can be hard to accurately gauge a horses age if it didnt come with papers. So I have no idea precisely how old he is but I dont care too much, give or take a few years I knew that I was buying an older horse. I guess I could also find out that she sold him to me for more than she paid but I doubt I will ever know.

I wish my boy was a bit younger too. My farrier told me that judging from his legs he has had some very hard riding in the past so hopefully he is happy with his new lazy owner who only rides a couple of times a week!
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-11-2012, 01:42 AM
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We sold a pony to a stable, then after about 2 years they put her up for sale and we bought her back. Funny thing is during those 2 years she somehow got younger!! People sometimes...
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