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post #1 of 47 Old 11-26-2015, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Is it a scam?

I hope this is in the right category!

So we (my Mom and I) just found a beautiful pony. It seems perfect for me. We contacted the owner. No rush.

I was wondering- what if this was all a scam? We are trying to pay Pay-Pal, so if it was a scam it would be easier to press charges... But what if the photos are outdated? Would it be possible, if they gave us a horse that looked different from the photos, is it possible, maybe even after we got it, if we found out it had something wrong, to press charges/ take the horse back? sounds horrible, I know, but i am very worried about it. I don't want to waste thousands of dollars on a horse that isn't what we expected.

If you need any more information to answer, just ask. It is from from away so we would have to find out a shipping arrangement. Is it possible to press charges/take it back if it was a scam?


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post #2 of 47 Old 11-26-2015, 03:01 AM
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Sounds like your buying a horse sight unseen? Bad, bad, BAD idea!!

Here's a life lesson, if smelly fishy it probably is fishy!
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post #3 of 47 Old 11-26-2015, 03:23 AM
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Yeah, don't buy sight unseen. It's a really bad idea.
Yes, it is very likely that the horse is different than what is advertised.
And no, returning a horse rarely works and even if the seller takes the animal back, they will for sure not pay for the transport cost.
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My advice from working with companion animals in shelters and groomers.

Never, NEVER buy any animal online unless you personally go and see the animal in person and it's living conditions. An animal is not like an item on eBay you can buy and have it sent to you.

Also why on earth would you buy a pony through Paypal? Wouldn't a cheque be better? Personally I would not sell my horse/pony if I was selling one to someone wanting to pay by Paypal.

Don't buy a pony of all animals off the internet without seeing it, you have no idea of it's real temperament, it's easy to lie on the internet. I could sell an unbroke Brumby as a perfect first horse for kids and no one will know unless they actually see it.

And you have no idea of it's health, what if it is sick? Underweight? Has founder? Overgrown hooves? Needs dental work? Unless there are dates on the photo you have no idea how long ago they were taken or if thats even the horse being advertised.

Never buy an animal online, it is highly dangerous.
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post #5 of 47 Old 11-26-2015, 03:34 AM
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I agree, you do not buy a pony sight unseen.

People can be telling the truth about an animal but doesn't mean they have told the full truth. You might not get on with the pony and whatever you do it needs to be vetted before you do buy.

Find something that you can trial before you part with any money.
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post #6 of 47 Old 11-26-2015, 04:00 AM
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it is not a good ideal to buy online . sometimes it works out, but most times things turn out badly. They may not even have a pony to sell. How many questions did you ask ? did you get consistent answers? Is there any one to go in person and look at the pony ? Do you have a transport company ?
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post #7 of 47 Old 11-26-2015, 07:11 AM
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Cash on collection. You go view, ride and agree to buy.
People do import horses, buy you don't sound experienced enough to know what you are doing
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post #8 of 47 Old 11-26-2015, 07:33 AM
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If there is "No Rush" by the seller of the pony then it is perfect for you and mom to make a road-trip to visit, ride, handle and meet that animal and the owner.

It is a serious mistake to buy a pony because it is "beautiful"......
Forget the looks.
It is what the pony can do or does not do in your case.
You want a pony that is ride-able, healthy and of good for you to own and love it!
How on Earth are you going to know if this pony has any or all of that...

Save your money and FORGET paypal!!
I've never heard of a person accepting paypal for a horse, especially like how you describe. A dog from a reputable breeder, maybe...a horse NO!
CASH or maybe a check for payment is what is asked for.

Now, if you're seriously looking for a this in a area where you can see, ride and have good knowledgeable help go with you and help you find a suitable mount.
That rarely happens in a "sight unseen" scenario....
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post #9 of 47 Old 11-26-2015, 08:06 AM
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Can you link us to the ad?
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post #10 of 47 Old 11-26-2015, 09:52 AM
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No, No, No, No, No!!! All you have to do is google 'online paypal horse scams' to see that purchasing a horse sight unseen and paying via PayPal is most definitely a scam. They get your money, and you get nothing. Please do not even consider buying a horse this way.

As others have said, unless you go see the horse in person to see if it is healthy and suits your needs, you're asking for trouble.
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