Originally Posted by DuffyDuck
well, im back! He was lovely, really sweet natured and a dream to ride. I knew the owner wasn't going to be there but the horses breeder and trainer would be. Wie get there ten minutes early nice yard, super fields full of grass stunning horses and this guy here out of his car and I'm thinking oh dear God, he looks about75 with baggy white jods on. So I groom and tack him up needs some muscles butnot bad. So this old guy vets on first and does ten minutes on him and hands him over. He was really nice and I liked him and was talking about bringing my trainer down with me when he says walk with me and we will go see the foals. He says I am the only rider he has seen be able to ride that horse and the owner is never there but the horse isn't good enough for me. He has done GP and still trains young horses this a very high standard. His own mare still competes at 27 one level below GP. Saw her being ridden and she is amazing. He knows a lovely gelding that he is going to enquire about for me and if the price is right then I will go try it tomorrow!
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I hope that you do find a wonderful horse at an appropriate price, but be wary about the sales pitch you're getting from this gentleman. Flattering you and then telling you he knows of another, better horse for you is a classic bait-and-switch upselling technique.
Not saying that's what's happening here, I'm just saying that there were enough red flags there for me that I would ask you to keep your guard up a bit.