So… long story short I bought a horse as believed to be 12yo, done a little of everything, straightforward horse.
I have since found out that this horse is actually 21yo and that the person who sold him to me knew that. The horse has also basically just been a pet for his life. So, not the schoolmaster type I thought I was getting.
He’s very very sweet and hasn’t been ridden for about a year, so needs bringing back into work - which I knew and was anticipating. However, I have just paid 2k for a horse that I thought I would have at least 15 years with. I’m a bit annoyed and upset really. I have just lost my 25yo horse and didn’t want another veteran horse because I don’t want to go through that heartbreak again so soon.
What do I do? Friends are saying I should send him back and demand a refund for mis-selling him. I really like the horse and if he were younger he would be perfect. I am just concerned that his age is what is causing the stiffness and if he was maybe retired from ridden work due to age, rather than just not having a rider as was suggested. I have also been told that he is awful in traffic. I have ridden him in heavy traffic and he was okay-ish. I’m more annoyed that this information wasn’t disclosed, much like his age.
I bought him to bring back into work, fitten up and then have a career in dressage with. I’m now ‘stuck’ with a horse coming to the end of his ridden life really. I just feel sick and as though I’ve been taken for a mug. Any suggestions on what to do? I don’t want the seller to just get away with lying about something quite major but I also don’t want to send him back.