Goshen, NY asked in Contracts and Civil Litigation for Virginia

Q: Non refundable deposit on a horse

We found a horse on Facebook to purchase for our daughter. We live in NY the Seller is in Virginia. We gave a $2,000 non refundable deposit to hold the horse for 5 days to schedule a Pre Purchase Exam. Refundable in the event there were any new findings. The seller had provided us X-rays and a prior PPE. We sent to a Vet in our area to review what we had and scheduled a PPE in Virginia this Wednesday. Our vet was concerned about the arthritis which was already in the prior PPE but the horses age was concerning. We contacted the Seller about 16 hrs later to say we had a Vet review what was provided and we do not want to proceed with the sale and we would like our deposit back. She only agreed to return 50% because we new about the arthritis. My issue is we notified her within less than a day and I can’t think of any damages she has suffered. She could have sold the horse for full asking price and gets to keep my $1,000 as a windfall?

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F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: I regret that I do not handle horse/animal law cases. Sorry.

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