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post #1 of 18 Old 08-18-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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odd transaction?

I relisted my daughters pony for sale on craigslist after the original sale did not go through. I posted that he will not be ready until September 2, and a deposit would keep him until then. I recieved a phone call from a man that said his sons birthday is September 2 and he would like the pony for him. He has never rode, and it states in the ad that he needs a intermediate rider. I asked him when a good time for him to come see the pony would be, and he said he is a truck driver anb won't be home but in time to pick him up, then asked if he could get him that Friday. Red flags or is it just me being paranoid? Dri
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post #2 of 18 Old 08-18-2012, 10:46 AM
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Red flags. Definitely red flags.

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Personally I wouldn't sell to him. The kid has never ridden, the dad is not home (so who knows if mom is agreeing with this plan), and he seems to ignore the advert details all together.

Perhaps you could offer the boy lessons for a while on the pony and go from there? Either way I would stay clear of selling to them at this time.
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Don't sell the pony! Red flags everywhere; the boys nevern rode, dads not home, who knows if the kid even wants the pony?!
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For a child's mount & I have trained sold a couple, I always assess how the child rides on the said horse/pony and if that goes well, I go to see to where they are keeping him. Both times, I sold to the 1st person who came to see the horse and neither refused my inspection of their horsekeeping arrangements. However both buyers where referred to me by other trainers, they were not listed to the public for sale. I would be extremely leery of craigslist & someone wanting to buy sight unseen.
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Gosh this sounds just like the sale in that other thread where the seller ended up getting sued! (Posted under Law)

Same thing - Buyer ignored all the details, needed the horse for a child who had never ridden, didn't want a "test ride", and was "out of town" and unavailable to meet.

HUGE Red Flags!
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Leasing a spoiled rotten trail horse...pretty - but a brat!
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Also - you are in the same state as the other Seller who got sued.

This MUST be a scam. Too many coincidences...

Leasing a spoiled rotten trail horse...pretty - but a brat!
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Not only did he ignore your ad completely, but the fact that his son's birthday happens to be the day you can hold him until is just plain fishy. I would not sell.
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Gosh this sounds just like the sale in that other thread where the seller ended up getting sued! (Posted under Law)

Same thing - Buyer ignored all the details, needed the horse for a child who had never ridden, didn't want a "test ride", and was "out of town" and unavailable to meet.

HUGE Red Flags!
I know, I was thinking that this sounded similar.

It's possible that it really is a well-meaning dad who wants to get his kid a pony... but even if it's all on the up-and-up, he obviously doesn't know what he's doing (getting a pony suited for an intermediate rider for a child). I'd feel pretty uneasy about selling to this guy.

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I preface this by ignorance of USA law but should OP contact the police and provide the facts as we in the forum know? Isn't it illegal to do scamming stuff (does it not verge on extortion or bunco - whatever the appropriate term is)? Also, my vote goes to holding off on the sale until more information is brought to light or a bonafide buyer comes along. OP, please be careful.
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