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post #1 of 21 Old 02-13-2011, 05:32 AM Thread Starter
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This is why you should never buy horses without trying first!!!!

Hey guys, just bringing up the subject...
I've seen alot of people asking if they should have trials with their horses they are thinking about buying... THE ANSWER IS YES

2 years ago i was looking for my first pony, and in horse deals i came across the perfect one:
16 YEAR OLD WELSH PONY
PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS
When i saw the add i told my mum strait away, and we drove out to see him the next day.
The moment i lay eyes on him I was in love.
I rode him around a small paddock and he was a dream, he was perfect!
After an hour of riding/brushing/kissing is perfect muzzle i was begging mum to buy him.
I was the happiest girl in the world when she said yes, but only if we could try him at our place first. The lady replied when she got asked this that there was too many people looking at him so we had to take him now. Mum hezitantly agreed and he came home.
He was perfect for 2 weeks until one day... I was cantering around a paddock and he reared up and then bucked; I was thrown into a shed and could'nt walk for 2 days!!
After that we got a vet out cause he was lame.
We soon found he was acctually 28 y.o. and he was drugged!!!!
Unfortunatly he died a month after
But this is just a warning for everyone
DONT BUY WITHOUT A TRY!!!!!!
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post #2 of 21 Old 02-13-2011, 05:41 AM
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Lesson Well learned! I always agree with that. Getting the animal vet checked is a little difficult but I see it as if you are going to spend a ton of money on this animal, you may want to spend the extra to get the animal checked out.
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-13-2011, 05:43 AM Thread Starter
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ya i agree thanx for the post :)
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post #4 of 21 Old 02-13-2011, 06:12 AM
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How awful! Vet checks before purchase!
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post #5 of 21 Old 02-13-2011, 07:23 AM
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Sorry but as a seller I would NEVER let my horse go on Trial.
I've seen too many horses come back from trial completely ruined or injured and then the seller is left with an unsellable horse. It can take less then a week of bad hands to completely ruin a horses mouth, It can take 1second for a top class show horse to scar itself on bad fencing and thus become nearly worthless

I would advise begginers/novices not to buy a horse without a vet check and never to go and look at a horse without a proffessional/experianced person/trainer there with you.

I'm experianced and I could have told you with one look in the horses mouth that it wasnt 16. Also There are no pain killers that will last for 2 weeks. If you dope a horse generaly the drugs last about 48 hrs before they start to wear off (or less some times).

I've bought horses with no vet check and no trial (some that I've just seen loose in the field and some from markets) and so far non have had any problems that i couldnt cope with or get fixed but I have the experiance and the time to work through problems.

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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Wow.. Did you sue for misrepresentation? I don't know anything about law, but that sounds illegal to me (correct me if I'm wrong)

I was selling my first horse. We advertised her as "15.3 hand mare, perfect for beginners" also. But, it was true. Nothing bothered her, never refused a jump, VERY calm, good natured, she was very pretty, and would let you do anything to her without any attitude. We got an email from a lady saying she needed her for her sickly daughter to learn how to jump on, and insisted us to send her to her ASAP. no vet check, no trying out, no nothing. She wrote the check, saw a video of her, and met us in Mississippi. Well, about 2 months later, we get a call from this lady saying "she was a crazy mareish cow and she couldn't do anything with her". When two days before we shipped her off, we had 3 year olds riding her bareback in a birthday party with a halter and leadrope. Turns out she could not sue us for misrepresentation considering she had the mare for over 30 days, and we had proof of her being quiet (countless videos of little kids riding her, we had x-rays, and more videos of many people riding her) she sold her to Coats N Tails owner as a broodmare, and is due to foal in march. It's ashame because she could've been such a great little kids horse! People are just completely crazy.. You never know.

My rules to buying a horse:
1. VET CHECK
2. go out to see the horse with a trainer
3. Make sure the trainer rides the horse
4. Make sure you ride the horse
5. Look up records of horse to see if it is really "a champion" or whatever they claim
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post #7 of 21 Old 02-13-2011, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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faye this horses drugs lasted 2 weeks.
It was a very new drug that was completley undetecible
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Never heard of a drug that lasted two weeks, and I have worked for vets and still do for over 30 years.
Unless a drug is given daily or even every other day, there is not a drug that will stay in a horses system for two weeks. There are not human drugs that stay in a body for two weeks. Doesn't make sense at all. If the horse was indeed 28, they probably rode the tar out of him for a day or two, tired him out totally so he might have been anemic or just flat wore out, 2 weeks of food and he was back to his nasty self. THAT happens all the time.
I will not let a horse go on trial ever. Like Faye said, they come back used up, hurt, and not the same horse. I know a person who let a horse go on trial for two weeks, the "buyer" used the horse on a very long long hard trail ride/hunting trip and then gave him back, said he wasn't working out. Found out later, the guy wanted to go on the trip, didn't have a horse, so worked up the scam and had his trip.
As far as misrepresentation, unless a contract is signed as to exactly what the horse is, does, etc, its pretty much "buyer beware" . If you hand over the cash, you own the horse.
I welcome folks to come try the horse over and over, I will even haul the horse to another area for them to ride (they pay gas) without a problem.Trail rides, arenas, no problem. But, they will not take the horse out of my sight unless they have bought it.
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IF there was a drug that lasted two weeks undectable in horses, the horse world would never be the same again. There would not be an event in the horse world that could ever be trusted again. No racing, no olympics, no performance, no horse sales, it would be impossible to even think of any type of competition or horse event as being real. A horse could be drugged with this super drug for pain, soundness, tractability, aggression, etc. it would go on and on.
I think you made mistakes trusting a seller who wanted to dump an old possibly sick horse.
There is no drug that stays in the horses system for two weeks, then magically disappears with no trace.
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post #10 of 21 Old 02-13-2011, 06:43 PM
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That isn't logical. It could be quite well being stung by bee and the horse lost it,spooked, stepped on something, bad saddle fit, you irritatting him. But I have yet to hear of a drug that last for 2 weeks.

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