I called him up and he came over to see my horse, an 8 year old paint gelding in great shape and about 15h. Liked him. Told me about a "15 year old", black, gaited gelding ~14h that would be perfect. He told me he got him a few weeks ago, anyone could ride him, he was a little thin but doing well on the pasture he had him in. Thin - not a problem, I'm very good at bringing around a thin horse. He had another person interested in him that rode him the other day but he promised him to me so I had first option.
Great - let's go see him. We get to the farm he was pastured and he called out to him. This poor horse comes over and he is about 250 underweight - not thin - little more then skin and bones. He looked a lot older then 15 so I check his mouth - he had no top teeth. It was hard to tell if they were worn away by cribbing or just missing. Then it hits me - you actually put a saddle on this horse and had someone ride him!!!!!
It was all I could do not grab him by his shirt and shake some decency into him. It was nice that he had this horse on pasture and trying to bring him around but to show him to someone under saddle, let alone misrepresent him to me? He had the nerve to be surprised that the horse had no teeth then actually ask if I still wanted to trade for him!
"No". I'll just keep my horse for now.