Family Equine Central / Bait and switch!
I added this to another complaint against them but decided to start a new one because I am afraid that someone is going to end up getting hurt. Family Equine of Central NY is untruthful and false advertises their horses as well as uses BAIT and SWITCH tactics. I have been watching them for almost a month now regarding a horse in particular Dance Hall Doctor.
On December 8, 2007 my brother emailed me a newspaper ad that Family Equine of NY had placed regarding a Blue Roan Draft Horse by the name of Dance Hall Doctor. I am in the market to buy a Driving horse and this was their ad on December 8th. Blue Roan Gelding , 1/2 draft , 12 yrs old, 15.2 hands, quiet & sound, rides & DRIVES, Perfect Christmas Gift! $3250; Groton www.familyequine.com First ran on: 12/08/2007. I decided to look at this horse on their website but for some reason it was down all day. I didn't want to call them until I got a good look at the horse's pictures first. I searched around on some equine websites that offer horses for sale. I was able to locate this horse on Horsetopia. This was the way they advertised the horse on December 8, 2007, which was the same day the newspaper ad ran. Because of the length I am posting the interesting part of it:
Dance Hall Doctor is a fine Blue Roan gelding, 12 yrs. old. 15.2 hands tall and approximately 1300 lbs. Bob has begun training him for hunting, by shooting on and around him. He is doing great. This gelding is from Texas and has been in the East Coast for approximately 3 years leading pack strings in New England... And we've put him in a harness and GROUND DRIVEN him...we were told of driving experience but he seems to have had some work somewhere along the line.
No trades on this gelding please. See his video on our site as well as more pics. God Bless our troops! [protected], www.familyequine.com.
OK - their newspaper ad on December 8, 2007 said this horse rides AND DRIVES. However, on the ad they placed on Horsetopia the same day says "And we've put him in a harness and GROUND DRIVEN him. We were TOLD of his driving experience but he seems to have had some work somewhere along the line."
I am glad their website was down that day. Had I not seen the 2nd advertisement on Horsetopia, I more than likely would have driven out to Groton expecting to try out and drive this horse pulling a cart. I would have been major pissed off if these people put a harness on Dance Hall Doctor and only ground drove him. This kind of advertising the Aicheles placed is called BAIT AND SWITCH. I let them KNOW about it too and they took the DRIVES part out of their newspaper advertisement they ran. Them telling the truth on this horse lasted all of about a week and it only gets better or worse really.
Dance Hall Doctor sold right away for well over $3000. The person who bought him then returned him to Mr. and Mrs Aichele. Since they placed an untruthful and false ad on this horse a month ago, I decided to keep an eye on him. My friend emailed Mrs. Aichele and asked her why the horse was returned. Her response was the horse was returned because he could only be ridden in a group with other horses. When the new owner separated him from her riding companions, he started prancing around. She stated she was going to take him out the next day alone herself- with her head injury that keeps her out of work. Well it makes sense that he was afraid. He was insecure as he had been leading pack strings with other horses for a few years. This horse is unsafe to ride alone and will probably need to be worked with by whoever buys it.
Today New Years Day I found another ad on Horseville placed by Lorraine and Robert Aichele on this same horse Dance Hall Doctor. His price is down to $2500. This ad disturbed me so much I felt it was my duty to write a complaint against Family Equine of Central NY. I left a couple sentences out because of the ad length but Here is the link:
Disciplines Youth; Western Pleasure; Trail Horse; PARADES; Pack Horse; Lesson Horse; English Pleasure; DRIVING; All-Around; 4-H;
Big Blue Roan warmblood dead quiet, good for beginners, use to packing out on trail as lead horse or pack horse, has seen tons of trails
[protected] for more info. www.family Merry Christmas all and GOD BLESS.
These people are STILL placing false and untruthful advertisements on this horse. Not only are they advertising him as a DRIVING horse STILL- now they are advertising him as a horse that PARADES. This is disgusting. What if someone were to buy this horse without seeing it first like the other person did who wrote the first complaint and then hooked this horse up to a wagon. How dangerous would that have been? What if someone bought this horse because they advertised he as being is so well trained he PARADES? This is NO driving horse and NO parade horse AND THEY KNOW IT. This horse was returned because he was afraid to be away from the other horses. This is a horse that came from a former Dude Ranch in Maine who led pack strings or worked as a pack horse ONLY. The Aicheles admitted that this horse MAY have had SOME driving experience because they put a harness on him and are STILL to date 1/1/ 2008 advertising him as a DRIVING HORSE. Now they have added on that he is a PARADE horse too.
I say if ANYONE gets hurt because Robert and Lorraine Aichele placed false misleading lie-assing advertisements then these people should be held ACCOUNTABLE if someone gets hurt or worse yet- killed.
I printed out all of their advertisements on this horse and made a copy of the ad they placed in the newspaper.