I found what I thought was described as my dream horse on Dream Horse. The horse was guaranteed sound and gentle with a disposition on a scale of 1 to 10 as a 3. I emailed the seller saying I was a grandmother and could not afford to ever hit the ground and was looking for an extremly gentle horse that I could just go out and ride and enjoy. Sherman called me the next morning. I explained that I was 72 years old and although experienced, I was very small and fragile and needed to be certain that the horse that I bought was not going to buck. I asked several times if the horse was sound. I was assured over and over that he was sound and gentle for anyone to ride. Since I was leave in 3 days to be with a family member who was having surgery, I talked with Sherman several times and we agreed to meet so that I could get the horse. Sherman asked Leigh if she would take my lower offer and she declined but did go down $500. We drove 5 hours, When I saw the horse, I said, " he's limping, what is that about". Sherman brushed it off as the horse having had a little abcess that he had punchered and he would be just fine. I asked how he got it, and was told on a rock in the pasture. Given the multitude of guesions I had asked and trusting that I had gotten honest answers, I paid in cash. When Sherman went to his truck to get my paperwork, he drove off. When I got home at 11:30 that night, the horse had been taken off Dream Horse. I called Sherman the next morning and asked for the paperwork. He said he would send it and got my address. Never did. In the meantime that day I took the horse to my Vet. The vet said he had an old injury high in his leg and was lame and no evidence of an abcess. He advised I take him to the Equine Hospital in Nampa ID. I did. The horse has an old ligiment injury and will always limp. A $1,200. surgery could help but he would still limp. So still thinking this horse was gentle for a 72 year old woman and that " anyone can ride this horse" as I was assured, my husband got on and it was a rodeo, resulting in 3 broken ribs, lacerated wrist, and other lacerations and abrasions. He is 10 years younger than me and stronger. The horse could have killed me. He is beautiful. I do have an attorney. I don't want this to happen to anyone else. They can rebut all they want, but I have documentation, and facts. Sherman refused to take the horse back. His reply was " you bought him, you sell him to someone else" which will not happen because we are reputable people. Just beware and run don't walk away from a sale from these people, even if the horse is beautiful and no matter what they swear to.
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