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post #21 of 25 Old 11-15-2015, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I was sort of wondering if it was her regular vet wouldn't he know the horse beforehand and could just flat out tell you "yeah she's lying on his age"?
Well she wasn't necessarily deliberately lying. She barely knew the front of the horse from the back of the horse. She was only capable of riding at a walk. And she'd been told the horse was a certain age.

When the vet checked the horse, he told me immediately that it was a lot older than it was being advertised as.

To be honest, I don't blame the seller for not knowing these things initially. Where I fault her is for completely ignoring the vet, calling him silly, and continuing to try to sell the horse as if nothing had happened.
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post #22 of 25 Old 11-15-2015, 09:58 AM
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Well she wasn't necessarily deliberately lying. She barely knew the front of the horse from the back of the horse. She was only capable of riding at a walk. And she'd been told the horse was a certain age.

When the vet checked the horse, he told me immediately that it was a lot older than it was being advertised as.

To be honest, I don't blame the seller for not knowing these things initially. Where I fault her is for completely ignoring the vet, calling him silly, and continuing to try to sell the horse as if nothing had happened.
Not knowing what she was selling is excusable if she was that inexperienced but I agree about not taking the vet's findings seriously.

There are sellers who will deliberately omit some information in order to recoup there investment in a horse, using the reasoning that if they were "taken" it is somehow fair to pass their misfortune on to someone else.
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I'm not trying to blame the seller, just wondering why the vet didn't already know this if the vet had seen the horse before. But maybe not?
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post #24 of 25 Old 11-21-2015, 10:27 AM
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Of course a vet check should be done, each and every time that you buy a horse..having said that I have never done one, and no one who has bought from me has done one.

BUT

When I was considering buying my lease horse, I would have had a VC, because he was far more expensive than anything else that I have bought..in the end I couldn't raise the cash for him, so passed.

The people who did buy him DID do their vet check, even though we knew there was nothing wrong with him. He passed the VC with flying colors, that was in August, and now he has some lameness issues. Only a young horse at 8, maybe nothing, maybe something...you just never know.
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post #25 of 25 Old 11-21-2015, 10:29 AM
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I'm not trying to blame the seller, just wondering why the vet didn't already know this if the vet had seen the horse before. But maybe not?
Most vets won't double check the age of a horse when they examine it unless something seems off or isn't adding up. For example, we had to call the vet out to take a look at a Holsteiner gelding we were boarding at the barn I used to work at. He asked what age the horse was and we told him five-years-old. That's what he wrote down and, since he was examining the other end of the horse (cut on the fetlock), he didn't bother to verify. The only way he would have bothered to verify was if we told him the horse was 5-years-old and then he couldn't lift the horse's leg because it had such bad arthritis.
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