Facebook Shaming

  A growing number of horse sellers contact me over Facebook posts by disgruntled buyers whose expectations are disappointed through no fault of the sellers.  When a request to return a horse for a refund is rejected, these buyers have turned to Facebook for comeuppance by posting damaging comments about the sellers. Resorting to social…

Pregnancy of a Mare on Lease

A query that crossed my desk recently involved the owner of a mare on lease that was due to foal within a few weeks. The owner was unaware of the pregnancy until informed of it by someone other than the lessee! The owner had leased the mare as an interschool mount only.  She was not…

Duty of Care to Buyers

If a horse behaves badly or dangerously for its new owner within a short time after purchase, the owner will probably think that the seller is to blame and liable therefore to refund the purchase money. This view can be held even if a pre-purchase inspection occurred to trial the temperament and rideability of the…

Horse Welfare in Sale Yards

Horses are regularly consigned to sale yards throughout Australia. Fetching low or bargain prices, many horses thankfully find new homes. For sellers, yards offer an efficient means of disposing of unwanted horses.  But not all these horses are old or of no use to anyone.  A reader recently saw a foal alone in a yard…

Online Criticism of Judges and Competitors

  Outrageous and destructive comments and opinions are published sometimes on social media about judges and competitors. Plain disrespect, self-aggrandisement, simple jealousy or ignorance of what’s correct are some factors that motivate attacks. When do these self appointed critics and amateur online publishers (let’s call them the disgruntled) go a step too far and expose…