Today one of my students told me that they sold one of their horses for $2400. Good for them...then she says that her step mom a vet tech at an equine hospital and her dad, a farrier drugged him to keep him calm, and that he had club food and laminitis. Apparently they never once said he was sound so they didn't lie, but they did show him at dusk in a tall grass field.
So some poor sucker bought a lame horse that was drugged calm and next week will have a total freak on their hands and they will have been screwed. The problem is, both parties are at fault. The buyer obviously didn't have a vet out (probably fell for the vet tech selling the horse bit) and didn't give the horse a thorough once over, nor did they ask any questions, or try to see the horse several times. I consider them just as guilty as the people that deviously sold a nutty, lame horse to a sucker.
SOOOO--if you're in the market for a horse, might I suggest a few things.
1. Don't think with your heart. Get a vet out,and consider a friend who thinks buying a horse is a BAD idea so they will try to find ALL the things WRONG with the horse to force you to think carefully.
2. See the horse in the daylight, on pavement, several times.
3. Don't trust the seller. I'm sure most people aren't devious, but if you go into it thinking they might be trying to pull something over on you, then you're less likely to get screwed. It's easier to say "I was so wrong about them" than to look back and say how stupid you were.
4. Think with you head, not your heart. Who cares if the horse is a rare color, or has a cute face, neither the color or the face is going to end up costing you a butt load later in medical bills.
Okay, I'm done, and I'm glad I wasn't the sucker.