In the other thread I talked about a trade that someone offered. Turned out to be an old gaited gelding that was about 250lb underweight and had no top teeth.
So I put an ad on Craig's List. I got calls from all over the place and most had no business owning a horse. I screen the callers before having someone come out to "kick the tires". I also want this horse going someplace with owners who know about horses. Most of the callers were told that this is not the horse for them.
Several people wanted to know if the horse was child safe - keep in mind the this is a 7 year old 15h horse that hasn't been ridden all summer - I mentioned that in the ad.
Me: "Well maybe - tell me about the child".
Caller: "Well she just turned 6 and this will be her first horse."
Me: "6 years old? Don't you think that she may be better suited for a pony".
Caller: "I know my child and she is fearless! We want her to learn on a horse".
Me: "I'm sorry but this horse will not be proper for your child."
Caller: "Then why do you call your horse 'gentle'?"
Me: "Gentle doesn't not mean baby safe - thanks for calling goodbye."
Some people who called wanted to know if I would teach them about horses, some wanted me to board the horse and pay me on time (I'm asking $700). One person wanted to trade a 16.2h TB that they were afraid of. Someone wanted to take the horse for a month and decide (this would be their very first horse and they wanted to take lessons on him). I got a lot of calls like that then I got a call from someone from GA. A grandmother came out with her 11 year old grandson. They rode Patch bareback and offered to trade a 15 year old Arab and a pony for him. I'm leaning that way since I really only wanted a pony as a companion for Bobo. I'll see their horses this afternoon and decide.