I'm looking forward to FINALLY purchasing the horse I've been leasing over the years. It's one of those situations where the owner has lost interest, and only stops in to pay the bills. In the mean time, she's left her horse to use as a part-time school horse and lease. So I haven't even met her myself yet! Just paid my lease check to the BO to cover part of board.
She's asking $3,500 for him. And obviously, I'm going to try and negotiate less. I was thinking more like $2,500-$3,000, but I don't want to offfend her. How do you negotiate this? Do I call her up and name my price, do I email her instead (because I have a TON of questions about what tack etc, would be included), do I go through my trainer to negotiate? Do I give reasons why I think he should be less? How do you negotiate this kind of thing?! I've never done this before and I don't want to offend her but I think this is a reasonable offer.
I've heard through the wire that she's "doesn't want to lose any money on him", so I'm assuming she'll be firm on her price. won't know until I try though.
I'm just very anxious about all of this, and nervous. So please share your tactics for negotiating, or how you managed to pay less for your horse than its listed purchase price. Thank you!