Is it always this hard to buy a horse? This is my first experience actually going out and looking to buy. And I can honestly say it's not turning out the way I hoped.
I go rooting through a TON of ads picking each poor horse apart until there's nothing left. Then on the occassion I see something that catches my eye I email the owner/seller to ask if the horse is still available and if so may I ask a few questions about the horse. And if it's not too much trouble I ask for a few conformation pictures.
After my first initial email I usually get a response that says "Yes he is still available feel free to ask me any questions and I'll answer them the best I can. I'll send you some confo pictures tonight or tomorrow." I then reply along the lines "Thank you for the response. I am looking forward to the pictures." and then I follow with a few questions. Nothing too hard all basic horse questions; Examples- how far along in training, how are they with the vet and farrier, how are the ground manners, ever been trailered, UTD on shots and negative coggins, how they tie and lead, depending on the horse a few other basic questions.
Every time I send an email with questions I NEVER get a response back. Am I scaring sellers off because I want to inquire about their horses training and personality. I may be new to horse shopping but I feel like questions are a HUGE must when inquiring about a horse.
I don't know maybe I'm wrong.
If you were a seller would you be turned off by me if I asked you basic questions about the topics I listed above? Maybe I'm doing something wrong. All I know is I am starting to get really discouraged.