Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Helping keep a friend from buying a horse that is too good!
Okay, bit of background. My friend bought a Polish horse, 6yo, complete nightmare, on the contract said he'd been vetted, but he hadn't. Turned out he had arthritis in both front legs. Sold as field companion.
Next horse, she bought even against everyone's advice. The price droppedto half and he was for sale for a few months. My dad and I went to pick the horse up with her, on the reasoning with the owner that if he didn't pass his vet check, she could return him. Well, he failed miserably. But my friend, the daft woman, paid the full amount upfront. Call my crazy, but I would have just left a deposit! That took 7 months to sort out with lawyers and they've picked the horse up and she has her money back.
Now, she's not the worst rider in the world, nor is she the best. I personally feel she has a lot to learn, she's quite hard with her hands and seat. Not only that she has young children that she wants to be able to put on this horse she buys.
She is now looking to spend over €8000 on the biggest, flashiest horse she can find. She's looking at something that, in our levels, jumps 140cm+ no one on the yard has a horse that good, and she doesnt have her tests to compete.
I'm worried she's going to get mugged off by a dealer, hurt herself with too much horse, or ruin the horse. How do I stop her, or tell her nicely ITS TOO GOOD FOR YOU!