Originally Posted by Tallulah
No, not a troll. But as a horse owner, I can honestly say I have NEVER misrepresented a horse I was selling and would gladly take the horse back and issue a refund if somehow there was ever this type of misunderstanding, omission or miscommunication. But hey, maybe that's just me and I becoming pretty certain that I am in the minority in the horse industry.
I have had buyers tell me that I'm too honest when I sell a horse. I will tell you every single thing it ever did wrong, right or so so, every physical imperfection I even think it has and if there are any known genetic issues with its lines. Especially with Arabians, my chosen breed, there are notorious measurement issues, we even say, "Was he measured with a regular stick or an Arabian Stick?" because they are notoriously 4 inches shorter than stated height.
I have a mare who sticks 15.2 and EVERYONE who sees her swears she's 16.3 because she's so solid and substantial and nobody believes me when I say nope, she's 15.2.
So even when you're honest, people get fooled depending on the horse.
You have a few, "I would nevers" in your little adventure.
These are my buyer's I would nevers:
#1 I would never prepay for a horse I'd never seen.
#2 I would never do a sale without a contract
#3 I would never take a horse home that I had doubts about on pick up
#4 I never buy an animal without a PPE
These are my seller's I would nevers:
#1 I would never sell a horse without a contract
#2 I would never let a horse leave the property if the buyer expressed doubts
#3 I would not take the horse back once it had left the property, unless I had expressly agreed to in writing.
#4 I never put a firm height in an ad, I let the buyer measure for themselves when they arrive. So, horse is about 15.2, I put "over 15 hands" in the ad.
In my contracts, I even have a PPE clause. It says something like,
"Buyer has beed advised to have a pre-purchase exam done by his/her choice of vet. Buyer has _____ scheduled the exam with XXXX vet on XXXXXX date or _______ Buyer has declined to have a pre-purchase exam done and understand the horse is sold as is, where is, with no guarantee of soundness, ridability or breedability once the animal leaves these premises. Buyer acknowleges that there will be no returns or refunds for any reason.
Buyer's Sig & Date
Seller's Sig & Date"
I have the buyer initial in their own writing by the appropriate sentence and then sign and date that clause in addition to signing the contract as a whole.