Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
• Horses: 0
It isn't a matter of my not giving them enough information. I suppose I could let them know what I believe my knowledge level to be...but that just goes against my grain, somehow. I ask very specific questions- especially if it is registered. I live to far out to have the luxury of "just" going to look when the notion strikes me.
I find that a lot of first time horse owners are now selling horses b/c they can no longer afford them, many of whom presuppose others to be as clueless as they are/were when they acquired the horse they are now trying to sell. It is just annoying, it does not affect my decision on a given horse one bit. Usually it is the more knowledgable higher ended horse owners that do not make "assumptions"...and figure "it" out in conversation.
I do not assume all horses w which I am unfamiliar w are well trained, can jump, or do a perfect roll-back. I can't tell what people know by looking at them, either. I think it is a mistake to think you can.
Ironically, in my search, the one horse I "found" that I would dearly like to have but feel is way too big for me - is a horse I initially had no idea was for sale. People either like a given horse well enough to take it home, or they do not - there is nothing to be gained by "demonstrating" your knowledge. Although he is well worth the asking and they would like to work w me, it isn't a matter of price. So, my search has stopped dead in its tracks...I have looked for a long time, and "the one" is too big. Either I will succumb and buy him, or get over it and on w it.....and have potentially have to deal w this "phenomenon" some more....and probably complain about it some more.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.