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So I payed some money to reserve a pony, she did the purchase visit and she passed. Tho the vet advised me about a lesion on a left eye plus some few little things.
the seller says that the pony she never had any problem but now I am concern to have my deposi back as she is gonna be ridden by a 12 yo and the pony she is only 6 I think she could have some issues in future.
Please any advise?
 

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If you have any concerns don’t go ahead with it. There are many ponies out there.
Was there a contract/conditions re the deposit? Many are nonrefundable but it’s up to the seller really unless they have omitted information
 
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Normally if a pony passes the vet check and the buyer decided not to go through with the purchase, the deposit is kept by the seller.

ETA - what are your concerns with the pony?
 
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Unfortunately I just sent the money to the seller without any contract. Stupid me! He says that the pony passes the visit and he won’t gimme money Back but tbh it’s not about the money it’s about the pony
 

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The purpose of paying a deposit, is so that the seller holds the horse for you during the viewing and vetting process. Changing your mind, isn't a reason to ask for the deposit back. The seller has had to pay for the horses upkeep and turn away other interested buyers and will have to readvertise.
A deposit may be returned if the horse fails the vetting or if the seller lied, but not because the buyer got cold feet.
 
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The pony as I said pass the vetting but the vet advise me about a scarf has a “lesion” on left eye. My concern is buying a pony with a lesion on a left eye not matter of cold feet
 
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In this case the seller lies as he didn’t tell me anything about it when I saw and tried! To my question : what issues she has? His Reply: None
 
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gonna buy the pony then spend more money on a specialist check that might tell me that the pony will be blind one day or she need surgery/ treatment and so on?!
 
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Some horses/ponies have issues that a vet will find but a lay person (ie the owner) are not qualified to identify. That is why you have the vetting - to get an expert to look at the horse, to find issues that a lay person might not notice or know about.

The owner believed the pony had no issues and told you so. They allowed a vetting. The vet found an issue with one eye.

This doesn't mean the seller lied. You have to prove the seller knew about the eye issue before the vetting.

With the new information from the vet, you can now decide to go ahead or not with the purchase. I would not expect the deposit back in this situation.
 

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The pony as I said pass the vetting but the vet advise me about a scarf has a “lesion” on left eye. My concern is buying a pony with a lesion on a left eye not matter of cold feet
If the pony 'passed' the vetting, the vet thinks it's fit for purpose. In which case you won't be able to get your deposit back.
 

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If the vet passed her as fit for purpose then you don’t have a leg to stand on. A horse who is blind in one eye is still fully capable of being a child’s pony. A lesion in an eye could be something, could be nothing, obviously didn’t concern the vet enough for them to fail the horse so it’s unlikely to be anything major anyway.

A deposit is to secure the horse pending vetting, you only get it back if the horse fails the vetting, not if you change your mind about a horse that passed the vetting.
 

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Probably wrong vet chosen
Highly doubtful, if they are qualified and registered.
If you have a complaint about the vetting itself then you should approach the practice with a formal written complaint in the first instance.

You chose the vet, the vet passed the pony, you changed your mind about the pony, the seller gets to keep the deposit.

Tbh, if this is your attitude then the pony has had a very near miss. I certainly wouldn’t sell you a horse
 

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i didnt think horses past or failed vetting anymore. Dont they just report there findings?
 

conniegirl

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i didnt think horses past or failed vetting anymore. Dont they just report there findings?
They also give a recommendation as to whether a horse would be fit for the job it is being bought for, or at lest they did at the last vetting I had done.
 

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As the owner of a partially sighted pony - even if the pony did eventually loose sight on one side that is absolutely not a bar to being a perfect child's pony. Our now 28 yr old coblet is blind on one side. He came to us at 7, took DD from riding school ponies all the way through to PC Nat Champs repeatedly. Then as she moved on he also took a sucession of sharers to championship level - I think in only one of his share years he didn't make it. He's now mostly retired. Being blind on one side has had only a very limited impact on him. He dislikes lunging with his blind eye to the handler, and he doesn't like a horse on his blind side in transport. But other than that he's fine.

Speak to the vet and perhaps get a bit more detail on what he saw. Whether its a scratch that will heal, the remnant of an old ulcer or something with longer term implications. But it is not in itself a fail at vetting. As conniegirl says - whilst they no longer "pass" or "fail" the vetting always includes a reccomendation as to whether the horse is suitable for the purpose intended.
 
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