Here is an interesting little group: Kathryn Smith, Mike Smith and The Trail Horse Source. Apparently this little news bulletin comes via the website Rip off Report. The report on there tells of how the Smith's are claiming to horse trainers and professional horse photographers. The report and the following comments tell a tale of misrepresenting horses and selling untrained or green broke horses as fully trained. Here is an excerpt from the middle comment:
I asked all the right questions about the horse I bought including calling the first owner who sold him at 18 months. Kathryn told me lie after lie about the horse (he was absolutely green) and his height, she swore that she sticked him at 15.1 and that her husband (all 6 ft- 300 lbs of him) rode this horse in the mountains. With his shoes(all four different)pulled he stood 13.3 hds.....a pony! She quickly chaqnged her e-mail and phone number and never got back to me.
My GAWD, my husband is 6 foot and doesn't ride his horse (a 16 hand QH) because he is over weight at 270 lbs. What the heck is a 300 lb man doing on a 15 hand horse!
The website that is referenced in the article is no more and the whois info on it show the domain as available again.
Anyone care to chime in on this? Where are the Smith's now? According to the last comment on the the Rip off Report page, they keep changing their names and locations of where they work out of. Their last known location was is North Carolina.
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