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    01-19-2013, 12:39 AM
I look for people who seem like they know what they are talking about... to some, green broke means " he has been saddled a couple of times".. I steer clear of clueless people like this.

Also if the horse is broke, I like to see a picture of the horse being ridden ideally on a loose rein.. in a western horse, I don't want to see a bracy horse that you have a death grip on his mouth.. but that's just me.

Other than that I look for the usual: at least One good confo shot, and a groomed horse..look like you at least made an effort:)
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    01-19-2013, 01:04 AM
Originally Posted by MissColors    
Honestly just a photo and a reasonable price for the horse. A lot of people tend to lie about what they post. And they have to be willing to let me come over and ride the horse before I get on though. They have to ride it.

Note. Not everyone lies. But a lot that I have come across do.
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    01-19-2013, 01:29 PM
I totally agree on having the owner ride before I get on a horse. Granted, I had a trainer with me once and the horse was a totally different horse for them vs me.
    01-19-2013, 03:03 PM
Originally Posted by Casey02    
When I see oh he's 14.5HH, im on to something because there is NO 14.5HH
That one gets me to, but I just take a deep breath and read it as 14.2, or 14 and a half, which makes it 14.5 in metric

That's what you call moving with the times

*PS* I HATE it when people give measurements in centimetres though, I just can't translate that one on my mind!
    01-22-2013, 01:11 PM
Put a human in one of the photos. Can't remember how many
16.2hh listed horses I have gone to look at that barely reached 14.2hh.
    01-22-2013, 04:17 PM
I just dealt with a few shotty people when looking for a pony last summer. I went out to look at a 'welsh pony yearling' and it stood out as what not to do when selling.

Please state WHICH registry the horse in question is registered for. If ad says Welsh pony, and registered, most people would assume they'd be registered Welsh and not with some obscure pinto org as a "pinto color carrier" when it was a solid bay.

Disclose medical issues that will require surgery (in this case hernia), including a price that reflects that. I can see where seller may not want to advertise that, but I like honesty, and its just rude to NOT disclose that before someone comes to take a look, you can say something like "vet says it will be an easy fix and is a common surgery, just don't have the money for it right now" or something... Anything would be better than arriving to look at a pony that has a very obvious 2" diameter hernia...

Age, height, breed, location. I would like at least one confo shot from the side, reasonably squared up (no feet chopped off in pic, that just makes it seems you may be hiding lack of farrier care?) and if broke to ride or drive, a working picture of it is nice. I don't need a video, if I am interested beyond whats been covered, I want to go see the horse in person, and can assess that then, but of course they are nice.

If you have an ad with no pictures I will ignore it unless there are specific bloodlines I like. I can ignore small spelling errors, but if it seems like a 10 year old wrote the ad I will pass it up.

And I will agree with taking pictures in front of something that is at least not distracting. I would rather see a picture in front of a house or garage than one in the pasture that's next to what looks like a scrap yard.

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