Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I've sold many horses over the years and I've had all sorts of people come out to look at them. If their saddle is a piece of junk , I stop right there and we don't go any further. I don't mean that it has to be custom made, but if it isn't safe I can't, in good conscious, allow a horse of mine to go to those buyers. In my mind, if they don't know good tack from bad, they don't know about taking care of a horse.
Last year I had a buyer come out with a saddle that had the fenders held on with bailing twine, was dry rotted in places and I'm fairly certain the tree was broken (I didn't handle the saddle myself but there was a crease in the seat that shouldn't have been there). They claimed that this was a borrowed saddle - didn't matter, I "no sale" the horse.
Also, if I don't think the weight of the rider is proper for the horse I'm selling, I won't let them on.
There is no telling for sure what will happen to your horse after the trailer lights go down the road but I do my best to at least give my horse a chance with a proper buyer.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.