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TK trail riding horses / misrepresented horse

1 Noble, OK, United States Review updated:

I purchased a five year old gelding from Tom and Keely McKee. Their ad read about anyone can ride black gelding. I e-mailed them several questions and got references. They said Magic was very well broke and safe for any level of rider. He was bombproof, beginner friendly, trained in 4-H and safe for youth. This was a horse you could just saddle up and ride anywhere without any refusal at all!! No lunging needed!!
When he arrived, he was very underweight. I let him rest for two days since it took him a few days to travel from Oklahoma to Montana. When I rode him two days later he had no steering at all and was very tense at even the walk. I tried neck reining... terrible... I tried direct reining... just as bad. When we take him up to a lope, he will buck and get very anxious!! He truely has no clue what is expected of him even at a simple walk. We have other horses on our ranch that are broke better than he is. I was looking for a kid gentle horse and expessed this in every e-mail and every time they expressed his kind and gentle well broke nature. I tried e-mailing the McKees and of course they never responded!! It's funny how when they were peddling this unbroke horse off on me, they answered faithfully every e-mail I sent to them and now no response at all!!
I asked for a full or even partial refund for their misrepresenting this horse and they did not reply at all!! This is a five year old black quarter horse gelding that I am out 2800.00 for the purchase price and another 700.00 for shipping him all the way up to Montana.

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  • Ke
      3rd of Mar, 2009
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    Here is the letter we received from Lanita about her gelding:
    "Hi Keely, we were riding Magic around today and you are right. He is very gentle. Stands great for mounting and dismounting. He was pretty thin when he arrived here. I think the two day ride to Montana was a little tough and also noted the vet commented that he as a little thin to begin with.
    He is very sweet and loves attention. The only thing that disappoints me a little is that he doesn't neck rein. I'm not that talented at direct reining...My daughter is going to work with him on neck reining though, and hopefully he will work a little better for me. We will keep you posted!! Thanks again!! Lanita Bondell

    -We wanted to add that Lanita saw SEVERAL, several different videos of the horse being ridden bareback and with just a halter, in all types of settings and environments, to him riding saddled and bridled up, showing him at the walk, the trot, the canter, stopping, backing up, standing to mount and dismount, etc...ALL OF IT. Besides, we also gave her at least a half a dozen references (offered more if wanted) from people that have purchased our horses, just like she, sight unseen, and people that have been here, and PARTICULARILY people that knew the horse, had trail ridden him (including a couple that have purchased three horses from us, and trail rode on Magic several times with us). In addition, the horse passed his USDA Health Certificate and Soundness check with the Veterinarian with flying colors.
    Lanita was told the gelding was on winter pasture, and that although he was not a finished neckreining horse, he was started well.
    Now, what transpired between all of them and the horse after a month they had him and with him being non-professional "trained" upon~we have no idea, nor can we be held responsible for their actions. We did respond to Lanita when she contacted us, but after her basically threatening us, or blackmailing us with that "unless we did this or that NOW she would go Postal on us"~she would do something like this, we discontinued dialogue.

  • Mc
      30th of Apr, 2009
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    Keeley put me on a dog gentle horse with a broken shoulder in the dark. Her horses may not be neck reining pros or performance trained... But I can tell you that the gelding that you bought was dog gentle before he hopped on his way to Montana. Something must of happened in transport. I was on several of her horses with a really bad shoulder...and none of which were spooky...all dog gentle and really NICE horses.

    I saw this complaint and was shocked. Keely is an honest horse woman, sweet as can be...and her horses all show that, as well.

    Just thought I would put that out there.

    Keely...keep up the good work!

    All the best

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