Thanks Ridergirl, I'll pass along your comments.
Everyone, thanks for sharing your stories. I figured there would be a few stories, unfortunately, like hers.
MacabreMikolaj, really sorry to hear your story. That's awful to be put in that kind of reckless danger. As I was trying out a TB once, my mum asked the girl if she was sad to be selling the mare, the girl said, 'No, she's broken my (insert list of bones).' My mum called me in right away. At least she was honest but it would've been nice to told this before I was riding the mare in a field.
Mom2Pride, I can't believe the vet missed 8 years difference! I know vets aren't perfect but geez.
I wish she'd listen to me and her head! and give the horse back but she is sticking out the 90 days like a heart-sodden foolio. I only see heartbreak any way this is going to play out. This isn't a horse that is going to be used lightly. He's meant to be her solid, competitive 4th level dressage mount. Unfortunately I see her giving back the horse at the 90 day free trial end and be out about $2000 that could've been spent on a better horse.
For sure Anebel, but it happens regardless of price too as well too. My coach had a client purchase a horse from Germany who was high in the five figures and it had 'hidden' issues too. But I agree, horses who are too good to be true usually are:(