November, I bought a horse off of the internet. I trusted the person
selling this horse to be honest with me, especially as this company
claims to sell 99% of their horses sight unseen and out of state.
The following is a basic summary of my problems with buying this
particular horse (Dances With Rain) from Danna Findlay of Dances With
Horses, Inc. , and her reply.
am writing after several failed attempts to reach you by phone.
Possibly you are out of town and not getting phone messages at the
moment. My husband, August, and I purchased a Tennessee
Walker from you this past November, Dances
with Rain. We had made this
purchase via the internet based on your phone description of the
gelding. We were told that he was sound and safe, trained to
ride western (among other disciplines that we weren't concerned
with), loads to trailer easily, as well as hundreds of hours of trail
experience. His sale listing describes him with
a temperament of 2/10 and you had described him as a "puppy
dog". Also, you explained to me that Rain was one of your
primary horses for the past 4 years and you rode him year-round.
I called you
the same week he was delivered and described my first riding
experience with Rain, which included him tacking up with no issues
but bucking me off as soon as I first settled into the saddle. You
assured me that he had never acted this was before and this type of
behavior was out of character for Rain and that it must have just
been a "change of environment" causing anxiety in the
horse. We agreed to hire a professional horse
trainer hoping that a little time on our farm and some training
would allow us to see this sound and safe behavior you had describe
when selling him to us. During the training, Rain has
displayed aggressive behaviors including charging our trainer when he
was working on loading him on and off a trailer, dragging him while
attached to a lunge rope, and nearly running him over when being led
out of his stall. All of these instances I witnessed
myself, I am sure there are more.
The final straw
was last Saturday, when Rain once again began violently bucking and
threw me to the ground just as I had mounted him, exactly as he did
the first time I rode him. This time his actions sent me to the
hospital for three days. I have bruised ribs, a broken
ankle and a broken right leg. It took four hours in surgery...
seven screws, plates and a latter to fix my injury. I am unable
to walk or drive for the next month minimum.
have found out that this horse was delivered to you from out-of-state
just 3 months prior to you selling him to us. I can't imagine
anyone would purposely sell any rider a dangerous horse so I can't
very well in good conscious sell
Rain to another. You need to take this horse back and refund
issue is very unfortunate and certainly something we never
experienced. Your email failed to mention that when you spoke
to me about the issues you were having, you informed me your
neighbor trainer would work with him and you would contact me with an
update. That was precisely 5 months ago. Obviously, five
months later, you contact us to say you had a bad incident which
nobody could predict or explain without having been present and
handling the horse for the last six months. We presumed
that because you did not contact us back, your trainer
worked through YOUR issue and all was well.
we are happy to have you ship him back to us at your expense and
we will work with the horse and happily resell him for 25% of asking
price. We charge 100 per month for board and will make every
effort to resell him quickly. We are currently in the
Netherlands. We do not provide refunds on any horse as you are
aware based on the contract you signed, whether the horse has been
with you five minutes or five years, we do not provide refunds since
animals behave based on their handling.
are you experiences with www.DancesWithHorses.com?
us know: Clare@danceswithhorses.net