I'm getting frustrated. I've bought many horses, but typically they are problem horses, untouched, from auctions, etc. I bought two weanlings from reputable dealers. I hear constantly about how terrible sellers are, but I have only seen a few cases of sellers drugging a horse, lying, etc. On the other hand, I have tons of experience with annoying/crazy buyers. For example:
I constantly get stupid inquiries from people. I put "6 year old mare, for confident intermediate-experienced rider" and get responses like "How old is she, and is she suitable for a beginner?"(Literally, got that response last night)
Then there was the light boned mare that I specifically said in the add and on the phone was only suitable to a light/small rider, and the girl that shows up is 350lb.
Or the ones that come meet the horse, spend hours of your time, only to tell you that they have to sell their unregistered yearling with a bowed tendon first, and they wont take less than $1200, but they were sure he would sell soon, could you just hold her for them until then?
Then you have the buyer that have been told coming out early/unannounced is a good way to see if a seller is hiding things. So they show up while a crisis is happening, the prized stallion is colicing and the vet is pouring fluids down his throat. Or at 9pm, when every ones asleep. Or in the morning, when the BO that works nights just went to bed.