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post #21 of 28 Old 11-23-2010, 10:10 AM
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You just never know and you should always be careful when looking at videos. Case in point: I purchased a horse a few years ago. I rode her first and could tell that she was naturally a little bit "hot" although I felt like I had control all the time.

The woman I bought her from showed me youtube videos that the person she bought it from had given her. The videos did not sway my decision to buy (the price did), but they *did* sway the seller to purchase the horse several months before. She decided to sell the horse as it wasn't getting much use, etc. etc.

Well I bought the horse and after uncovering some issues I started doing some homework. Found out the horse had traded hands several times in a year...found the last owner I could find and found out this horse had a very horrible history of abuse and had been confiscated by animal control. She'd had the horse for years and spent a lot of time rehabbing this poor thing. The horse had never been in a horse show.

So that brings us back to the videos. Well this horse was a day bay with no markings. I bet if you comb Youtube long enough you can find plenty of videos with plain bay horses with no markings. All the better if the video quality isn't the best. Upon closer inspecting and after knowing the horse better I could tell it wasn't the same horse...but wouldn't have noticed right off the bat.

My point here is that videos are only worth so much. Especially if you don't know that it's the exact same horse or what kind of sedatives the horse has been given prior to the video. Just too many variables.

This is a horrible thing you've been through and I'm sorry. My advice would be to cut your losses and see if you can sell the horse even if you basically have to give it away. If you're willing to send it to a trainer that's good, but still risky as you don't know if the horse will ever be "beginner friendly." Some horses are not, no matter how much riding and training they have.

Sorry to hear this. I hate knowing there are people like this out there who will lie and cheat to make a sale.
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post #22 of 28 Old 11-23-2010, 10:23 AM
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Judge Judy!

The seller was wrong for lying and taking advantage of you, but if I was buying a horse for my broken backed husband, I would be extremely dilligent in finding a completely dead broke horse. I would never ever take anyone's word that the horse was safe. I'm sorry to say that you didn't take the steps you should have in buying this horse.

Also- while I would buy a horse sight unseen, I wouldn't buy one based off one cell phone video. It would take tons of videos, tons of pictures, and a vet check.

If I was in your situation, I would sell the horse and just accept it as a expensive lesson. Then try again to find a suitable mount.
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post #23 of 28 Old 11-23-2010, 08:58 PM
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In my opinion if your a green rider and you need a safe horse NEVER buy without trying him/her out. If your experianced and you are confident you can take on any of the problems that a horse might have, go for it, buy a horse without testing it or seeing it.
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post #24 of 28 Old 11-23-2010, 09:00 PM
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I agree and would ad that anyone who is considered a beginner should never go look for a horse alone. Always take someone who knows what to look for.

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post #25 of 28 Old 11-23-2010, 10:06 PM
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I agree that if your back as an issue, you should have taken someone else to try out the horse.My husband has had back problems and surgery, the horse I got him is an older well trained mare that he has been riding for 6 months, he actually learned to ride on her. I rode her first, she belonged to a friend, and when I started riding her daughter, I got my husband to try her & it was love at first ride. Still have to work on her ground issues, bad manners toward my hubby(city boy), but she's smooth under saddle.
I bought my present mare at auction, abused and neglected and she is a handfull, my husband has been dumped by her, she needs an experienced rider and she was supposedly green broke, I had to start from ground zero. She's fine for me, but not for someone with a bad back,No, so test drive first. They may have been duped and trying to recoup themselves. I say sell and get a real bomb proof, have your friend ride it on at least 2 different days, in different conditions.
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post #26 of 28 Old 11-23-2010, 10:48 PM
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I agree with everyone else, but in saying that I went out to try a horse one day and it went perfect for the owner, even pulling himself into a proper working frame without the owner commanding him for it, then I had a friend of mine get on him [I have a bad back too even though I'm only 15, scoliosis :S ] anyway, she got on him and she can ride the most mongrel of things, she can hang on like hell! and he went smoothly for her to so I thought well heck I'll get on him, but before I had finished thinking that thought, the owner tightened the girth on him, the girl rode him around a bit, and you could have said a rocket had exploded in his bum.. he went PHSYCO!!! and buck after buck after buck, they got bigger and bigger and he finally threw her off, onto her neck on the hard ground and hurt her back, landing RIGHT beside the fence :S, she would have clipped it if she got any closer whatsoever, she hit the ground that hard the peak ripped off her helmet and threw it a few metres away.

So, long story short, I think because of your back, like mine, next time you go out to buy a horse get a friend to get on it after the owner has to test it out a bit before you get on, just incase he/she does what the horse did that I went to see, because if it was me that had landed the way she did, I would be in ICU right now probably on life support :S.

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post #27 of 28 Old 11-23-2010, 11:42 PM
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I would sell it. Or shoot it. Depending on how tollerable I am feeling...

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This horse may have never been broke at all . . . so it is doing just what comes natural to a totally green horse.
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post #28 of 28 Old 11-27-2010, 12:55 PM
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Don't know if the OP has commented back yet or not, but I say get a trainer and have him/her assess exactly what the horse knows/doesn't know, or if this is pain related. Once you know this for sure, you can take action to sell or sue. I think you could definitely win a law suit with this case based on verbal agreement alone, but it's going to take a long time and cost a lot of money. If this were me, i would spend my money to put the horse in training for a few months and cut my losses.
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