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Curiosity killed the cat, or I want to know...

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    Curiosity killed the cat, or I want to know...

    COTH minds, understanding that this isn't really my business per se my brain has not been able to manufacture a scenario that makes sense .... at least not a nice one!

    A person I know only marginally touched base to see if I wanted to buy product he was selling. I replied I would have to see what I needed and I asked if things were all right as his note made it sound like it might be emergency funding he was after.....

    This was what I got back: "The <expensive horse> I purchased last fall did not work out. He is not sound and not likely to be so the owner took him back. So, I am out the money and now trying to raise funds to buy another horse."

    I do not want to pry however if he has been shafted I would absolutely help try to right things or at least head off more problems. Because <expensive horse> is one of the magical uber expensive because of hair in exuberant quantities breeds I worry that FA (Friendly Acquantaince) might have been taken for a ride..... sold a horse knowing it wasn't sound and then owner agreeing to take it back just to go round again.

    Is this a scam anyone has encountered? I've tried to give what I thought were pertinent details while slightly changing others to keep it anonymous on FA's account.
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        Originally posted by saje View Post
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        Sorry, fixed those!
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          Sniff sniff sniff.... from here it smells rotten.

          "Seller agrees to take horse back" - does that mean your marginal friend just gave it back with no funds refunded/exchanged?
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            Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post
            Sniff sniff sniff.... from here it smells rotten.

            "Seller agrees to take horse back" - does that mean your marginal friend just gave it back with no funds refunded/exchanged?

            The 'being out the money' parts seems to indicate that.


              Holy cow. He just gave the "magical" pony back without getting his money back.......I smell SCAM!!!!!!
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                  So, not just me thank goodness!!

                  Any suggestions on what next? MYOB? Ask questions? I'll see FA within the next two weeks in person so I have time to practice tact and subtlety (which are normally NOT in my repertoire) before I see him.

                  I wish I had a better sense of his background/history with horses in order to know if he, ya know, has a clue.
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                    Originally posted by Chester's Mom View Post
                    So, not just me thank goodness!!

                    Any suggestions on what next? MYOB? Ask questions? I'll see FA within the next two weeks in person so I have time to practice tact and subtlety (which are normally NOT in my repertoire) before I see him.

                    I wish I had a better sense of his background/history with horses in order to know if he, ya know, has a clue.
                    Soooo, when you see FA next maybe you can get into an indepth conversation about horses. That way you will get a better sense of their knowledge before you dive right into "hey I think you were scammed". You could start the conversation with a "sorry your horse didn't work out", or, "how's the new horse hunting going".
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                      I guess I'd probably start by asking what was wrong with the horse. I mean, if he was sold a lame horse then yeah, that sounds super scammy. But if the horse was injured in his care and the owner was just taking it back to help him out/make sure they knew it was in a good place, then it sounds fine to me. In fact I think that would pretty much qualify the previous owners for sainthood, though I have heard of it happening before.
                      exploring the relationship between horse and human


                        Well, seller could indeed be scamming, easy enough to find out I would think by visiting the horse, or checking out FA details regarding veterinary diagnoses and such.

                        Or, if the horse simply and honestly went lame after purchase, seller did a good deed providing it a home. Could happen. In which case, FA is sounding a bit scammy to me- if funds have to be raised to purchase another horse (hardly a necessity) then how does this person pay the far greater sums associated with care and maintenance?


                          Hell, the horse could have been passed as sound and healthy on a PPE, and dropped dead in the trailer on the ride to his new home.

                          Wouldn't mean the seller was scamming.

                          The seller might well be a decent human being, if s/he is willing to take back a possibly permanently unsound animal--they shouldn't be expected to pay for the privilege if the unsoundness isn't their fault.

                          There isn't enough information here to *blame* anyone.
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