Before you go and see a horse, be sure you feel right with the person you’re dealing with, whether it’s a dealer or a private owner.
Ask the questions YOU want answers to.
Don’t accept a fob-off, or a ’sideways’ answer
For e.g. If you ask: Is he quiet in traffic? Then you want a definite ’Yes.’
If they say ’Well, he goes out with the other horses’ - that is not telling you what you need to know.
If the answer is not favorable, then most people will try to avoid answering it, rather than lying outright.
Listen to that common sense voice inside!
NEVER be pressurised.
If they say ’Oh, there’s someone coming tomorrow’ or ’there’s someone else really interested’ then tell them that’s fine, the ’someone else’ can have him!
There is no hurry. Don’t get Buying Fever
We breed and sell, and in one case we exchanged more than fifty emails over 3 months before the sale was completed.
Re buying from a website: It can be done with confidence - and equally you could end up with an expensive mistake.
A flashy website with lush pictures and dreamy descriptions is no guarantee of a sound horse or an honest dealer. It could just mean they have a good website designer.