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post #1 of 29 Old 08-25-2020, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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Received wrong filly from breeder

I bought a filly online from out of state 4 months ago. In a series of events that i can best describe as too many cooks in the kitchen, it seems i accidentally got the wrong horse. I did not realize this because the pictures on the website were swapped. They somehow pulled DNA from the right horse but everything else was done with the one i received.

The breeder is offering to do what he needs to to make things right. Whether it involves switching the horses or to keep the one i have and just do the paperwork and try to compensate me the difference.

The personality on the one i have is fantastic, so i plan to keep her if her 5panel comes back clean. They were both listed as $3200 on his website and i paid $1200 for transport. The one i thought i was buying, her mom had better conformation and had a certain breeding/papers that i wanted. If they both weren't the same age I would happily just buy both, but i know i wouldn't have the saddle time to train both at the same time.

I guess what i am wanting is to know what would really be a fair solution, and was hoping to hear other opinions so that i stay reasonable.

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post #2 of 29 Old 08-25-2020, 11:50 AM
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Um, nice job, breeder.

For me, "making things right" would be paying the return shipment for the wrong horse you received, AND paying for the shipment to you for the correct horse. Big oops on their part, but you shouldn't be paying a single cent to correct their mistake...I bet they won't make this mistake again.

If you want this horse that they incorrectly sent, then they should pay for everything that you thought this horse came with (whether that be registration, certain panel tests, etc). Beyond that, if the horses were the same price, then I don't think they owe you anything else other than a big apology.

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post #3 of 29 Old 08-25-2020, 11:57 AM
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Honestly, the fair resolution would be to ship back the filly and send you the filly that you bought at the sellers expense. That is providing the mix-up had nothing to do with you. He can take up the expense with whoever was handling this transaction if not himself.

Whether you should do that or not is all up to you. How bad did you want those blood lines? Were you planning on breeding in the future? What is the difference in the two animals conformationally? Do you like this one just as much, or did you really like the one you wanted a lot better? Or, are you trying to talk yourself into this one because it's going to be a hassle to swap?

I would say that this is up to you, but I wouldn't blame you if you wanted to swap. On the other hand, you could always just look at it like it was just fate in your favor.

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post #4 of 29 Old 08-25-2020, 12:31 PM
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Real resolution is you get the horse you paid for...not a substituted one.
Most breeders don't make such a huge oops...
Restitution to you is not only is all the shipping around done at breeders expense, but you are also compensated for all the training time already spent on said baby.
Vet care, compensated you bet...

Now, your heart is involved so you're going to be stuck, period.
What you wanted and what you got...only you can truly decide if it is a = swap.
What was it that made you not "want" this horse from the beginning, cause guess what... You got the one you didn't want...

What a bombshell this one was to receive.
I wish you luck in figuring out what to do...
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post #5 of 29 Old 08-25-2020, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Basically at this point i have had the filly for 4 months and i have gotten a bit attached and have worked with her quite a bit. She is very calm, annoyingly smart and a rather affectionate puppy dog.

So this filly i received i am expecting to be closer to 16 hands and the other would probably be closer to 15, but it's always a guess at this age. I think this one might be at a slight risk of being butt high. And this one is going to be stockier possibly look a little drafty for a quarter horse.

I was considering breeding if we did reasonable at any sort of competition/show. I preferred the other bloodlines.

He has offered to swap them at his expense. I guess the problem is that i am attached to the one i have. Also my lesson teacher had made the comment that i know what i have, but i guess i don't know what the personality of the original/other one is.

So i guess it's just a mess and im not really sure what to do about it.
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post #6 of 29 Old 08-25-2020, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Oh also i basically got what would have been my 3rd choice instead of 1st choice out of what he had.
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post #7 of 29 Old 08-25-2020, 12:56 PM
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Sounds like he wants to make it right, so it's really up to you. I do tend to agree with the "you know what you have and not what you don't comment" but I can see being torn by the "what if's." You said the horses were out of state, but not how far out of state- any chance of visiting the other to get a first impression?

I know dogs aren't horses, but I'm just looking at my 7 month old puppy sleeping next to me, who I've had a little more than four months, and thinking that even if I found out he was the "wrong" puppy, it would be nearly impossible to swap him for one of this brothers if there had been a mix up. Again, dogs aren't horses, but that attachment you put into teaching a baby all their first lessons gives you a pretty strong relationship...
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post #8 of 29 Old 08-25-2020, 01:06 PM
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Kind of like getting the wrong baby when leaving the hospital and after a couple of years being told it is not your child. If you are happy with the filly and the breeder is willing to pay $1200 shipping back would he give you the $1200 and you keep the filly for basically $2000? What if you get the right filly and she has terrible attitude? Sometimes a bird (horse) in the hand is worth two in the bush. Only a decision you can make. I know what I would do if this filly has such admirable attributes.
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post #9 of 29 Old 08-25-2020, 01:17 PM
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Are you going to love and be happy with this one? Or are you always going to wish you had gotten the other one?

Nothing wrong with a nice big, stocky QH. Most are too fine boned in my opinion! But I do find downhill conformation annoying.

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post #10 of 29 Old 08-25-2020, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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He's pretty far out of state, it would be a 20 hour drive one way, to meet the other one.

But that is where I'm stuck, i really like the one i have. She has been so easy to work with. If i have a non horse friend that comes out and they want to help me take them in the barn. I will have them take her over my 15 yr old gelding.

I guess it's a bit of both, i don't want to give up the one i have but i kinda want the other one too. The mare that had the one i was supposed to get is a bit older so i wouldn't be surprised if she is retired soon. So i kind of doubt just waiting a few years and getting a different one is an option. I guess i could try looking for something similar from somewhere else in a few years.

But both fillys should be stocky and not fine boned. I purposely looked for stockier lines. The one i got is heavily hancock and moms side looks a little drafty.

I wasn't sure if $1200 was fair to ask. Im just really lost as to what the best course of action is. 🤷‍♀️

Here's a picture of the wrong horse on our 2nd day with the tarp.
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