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post #11 of 17 Old 10-15-2010, 03:08 PM
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Well its only wasted if you make it wasted.
Who's to say the person before you didn't arrive late? Thus pushing everything back?
Yes, horse had club foot, yes horse may have been 2yrs more then first thought.
Both those things don't make me warrant just leaving.
I drove 2hrs I wouldn't just turn around n go home, I'd at least try the horse out.
Also I would NEVER let anyone I do not know work w any of my horses I was selling w out being supervised by myslef or someone I trusted... if something happened, I wouldn't have a leg to stand on legally if they turned around to try and sue me.
Yes, this would also be the case w a bombproof horse. Or who's t say the person in question is abusive toward your horse while your not watching...too many what ifs for tht situtation.
They had 40min to look at the horse, before riding..how he reacted to their presence, how he interacted w herd mates, could have checked him over for conformation, picked up his feet etc..all these things are mportant to see when looking at horses too imo.
Just think the OP is overreacting imo.
Would I have been a bit annoyed, maybe, but again wouldn't have just left without taking the time to try the horse out, yes the 2hr drive was wasted...but in the end it was them tht wasted the time.
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post #12 of 17 Old 10-15-2010, 03:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Maverick101 View Post
Just think the OP is overreacting imo.
I think the word dramatic fits better than over reacting. But in general, I have to agree.

Maybe it was not the right horse for you.

In the big picture, it would make more sense to be more honest with the seller if nothing else.

"I am sorry to say that with what we have seen so far of Dobbin leads us to believe he is not the right horse for us after all. You did not mention on the phone that Dobbin has a club foot. His teeth show he seems to be older than you mentioned also."

I would not get my panties bunched over a few year discrepancy in reading teeth. Teeth are a guideline, they are not exact.
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-15-2010, 03:38 PM
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I have to comment on the age thing...my horse whom I KNOW is 13, could be aged by several people as being 15-16 yrs old by looking at his teeth.... even my vet agree'd. You can get an estimate by looking at thier teeth, but it isnt exact! AND If i got bit by a 100 pound dog I am sure I would have made a comment to the owner as soon as it happened, not 40 minutes later. I would be fustrated too...
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-15-2010, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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Both my husband and myself got bit by her 100lb dog and she was no where to be seen, so we COULDN'T tell her until 40 minutes later when she finally came over to us. The horse had terrible conformation and there are plenty of horses in our price range that have excellent conformation.

And I'm being dramatic because I was irritated that her dog bit me and she didn't even apologize, and because I didn't want to bother riding a horse I knew I wouldn't buy?

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post #15 of 17 Old 10-15-2010, 07:24 PM
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I don't think you're overreacting; I would be ****ed. However, next time ask for a video, ask for the names of other customers so you can ask for their experiences.
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-15-2010, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by equiniphile View Post
I don't think you're overreacting; I would be ****ed. However, next time ask for a video, ask for the names of other customers so you can ask for their experiences.

My first red flag should have been when I had to ask 3 times in email if he had ever had any injuries or lameness. She ignored the question and also ignored my request for a conformation photo.

Live and learn I guess.
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post #17 of 17 Old 10-15-2010, 07:55 PM
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You have all MY sympathies. I absolutely despise horse shopping. You cannot do enough "homework" to guarantee anything when it comes to horse shopping. When we were shopping for my daughter's horse, my husband told me to look at some very expensive horses and maybe that would guarantee at least some degree of better horse selling people. Not so. We also had the "forgot to mention" the club foot experience, when going to look at a $10,000 horse, and the people were so creepy. Trust me I did a lot of research before I went to look at a horse but sellers can be devious!.
I even had a supposedly very reputable dealer/ trainer try and sell me a horse that he had originally sold to a friend of mine, so I happened to know it's history of stumbling and back problems, which was why she was trying to unload it.. When I asked the dealer about it he said "oh that has been fixed". Ya, right.
So try not to get discouraged and be very wary!
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