On Friday, October 28th, "Dopey" was purchased from Muirhead Farms on Angle Road, Northville, Michigan. Lucie, employee of Muirhead Farms, informed us that the horse had been putting on weight and was coming along under their care. She also had paperwork from a previous purchase earlier in October, wherein the horse had been vet checked and Coggins tested, but that seller returned said horse due to an alleged conflict between husband and wife on the purchase. In hindsight, we are wondering if the vet check had been falsified due to the condition that the horse was in.
Dopey was found dead six days later on the morning of November 4th in our pasture. Subsequently, the horse was sent to Michigan State Equine Veterinarian Offices for an autopsy. Autopsy revealed that horse had severe liver damage and it was inconceivable that the horse had been putting on weight during the 3 months at Muirhead Farms. The horse would have been deteriorating. Not only was the ad misleading "calm disposition." The fact that he "usually will doze off on you while you're grooming/tacking," and the fact that he was underweight should have been a clue that he had a very serious underlying condition.
Even the name "Dopey" confirms that Muirhead Farms was aware that there was something seriously wrong with this horse. Since there were other extremely thin, lethargic depressed horses on said property, it would lead one to believe there are other horses under their care suffering as well. Liver damage can be caused by poisonous plants on property, polluted water, which the depressed and uncared buildings/fences/pastures, general conditions of the farm was definitely something to be considered. We felt that by taking Dopey from this property that we were saving him and putting him at a good proper home.
The price of the horse was $1,000 and Muirhead Farms has been contacted and Mr. Muirhead will not refund any funds for Dopey. We feel due to the misrepresentation and fraudulent statements that he has breached said contract for Dopey and our money should be returned. Any decent horse broker would realize that this transaction was not a good-faith binding sales agreement and would make amends for our loss.
At this time, we are requesting the return of $1,000 for the purchase of this horse. Additional expenses were incurred regarding this horse, and feel that 6 days does not constitute a good faih sales agreement between a buyer and seller, and that were fraudulent practices committed during the sale, that further breaches the contract between us.