I've listed my well-bred National Show Pony filly on one or two websites as a feeler to see if anyone would be interested in buying her. In no way do I need to sell her, but if someone came along that would really like her, I would definitely sell her to the right home. I've had several replies since I posted her, but none have been suitable for one reason or the other. Recently I've corresponded with someone who has seemed very interested, and I've made it clear that I would need to check on where she was going to be living and get a feel for who would be working with her, as she is still a baby. She had asked if I could lower my price, and I said it was definitely negotiable, though I was not hurting for cash so as to compromise a good home. Shortly thereafter, I find out that this person had posed as her mother when she emails me and says she would need to check with her mom, etc etc etc, on if she could buy the horse or come out to see her. *sigh*. It doesn't hurt that I specifically wrote in the ad "no minors please", or something along those lines. Despite this, I told her to email me when she talked with her parents and could compromise on a time to come out and look at the filly.
A week went by with no reply, and then she replies, "I know that you were originaly asked $XXX and then you said that you could take it down to $500. (No, I said I would be open to negotiation....I never said you could have this horse for $500).But do you think you could possibly take it down to $100?" Really? $100 will just about cover a small load of hay...what makes you think you can afford horse ownership but not the purchase price?
/rant. I know I'm a minor myself, but it just ticks me off that some kids think they can get everything for free, or that it's acceptable to pose as your parents to negotiate a horse sale.