Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Aren't we all? The real question is 'Are we willing to trade our honor and good name for it?' regardless of what a person does for a living they must make that choice for themselves. Not all horse traders are dishonest just like all car dealers aren't crooks. Whenever you buy anything you should make sure it's what you want. People talk themselves into horses they can't handle or shouldn't buy and then blame the person that sold them the horse and call them a crook. I sold a horse at an auction that I expressly said needed an experienced rider. As I was riding the horse before the sale I heard this big loud-mouth say he didn't know anything about horses he just wanted something he could go hunting on. Well wouldn't you know he was the one that bought the horse. He didn't get along well with her and spent quite a bit of money sending her to trainers. Had he not been lying to himself and paid attention to what I said and wrote in the catalog then he could have bought a nice gentle horse he could enjoy.
What you said is 150% right, I personally couldn't begin to think of trying to sell an unsuitable horse to somebody. I sold a gelding a few years back and was told by the buyers that it was the first horse they had tried who was genuinely quiet. They were after trying a few dozen horses. I'm not a dealer, but I couldn't imagine risking injury to somebody by selling unsuitable horses to them. Self respect goes far, if your going to do that to somebody you have to know it's going to bite you in the arse tenfold.