Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Alright so while I was unemployed for a whole two weeks, I put Ice up for sale. I kept the ads up because, while I've had him up for lease before, he's never gotten much interest. On Friday I got an email from a girl who sounds less than 16. I say 16 because at that point, you should be able to conduct yourself through email and sound like an adult. So there's this girl who wants to buy Ice. Since I'm no longer in a position where I need to sell him, I'm a little apprehensive to respond. I'll give you the whole set of our correspondence here. Her emails are in italics, mine are in bold.
Hi my name is Haley and I am interested in your horse. I have always wanted to have a horse and so I've been saving up to buy one. You said the price was negotiatable, well I have $400 that I have saved in order to get a horse. If you like my offer please message me back at (email address)
The first thing that I didn't like about this email is of course, she sounded young. Her email address confirmed that. I also didn't like the fact that even though I'm only offering him for 500 dollars, I do actually think he's worth it now. He can take a saddle, he has some voice cues and other little things....I paid more for him than I should have when I bought him, but 500 dollars for him would be decent. I said I'd be willing to drop the price for "qualified" buyers. Right now this is not her. I tried to be very courteous with my return email, but get down to whether or not I should even waste my time with her. Here's what I said
Hi Haley! Thanks for responding. What kind of experience do you have with horses, and how long have you been riding? Ice is NOT for a beginner rider, he has very limited experience despite his age and still needs a lot of retraining done. I am willing to negotiate price, but only for very interested and qualified people. I'd love to hear back from you though.
My sister has all the experience because she works with 16 horses and has been teaching me everything she knows about riding and caring for a horse. We would love to give a horse a good and forever home with us.
I read that email, and felt something fishy. Is it just me? Of course I have no doubt that she might have a sister whos knowledgable with horses, but I don't think I would be willing to send Ice to a place where the big sister is training him and the little sister can hop on when ever she wants. I told her to have her sister call me, preferably while this Haley girl was there so I can talk to them both and figure out wth is going on. Does that sound like a good plan? What would you guys do, if anything?
Sorry for the novel!