Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
I've bought and sold many horses. What I try to do before hand is to know the going price on horses in my area before deciding on making an offer. If the going price is $1,000 and they are asking $2,000, I don't bother going - I don't want to waste their time or mine. If the are asking $1,250 or even $1,500 then I'll go see and try the horse.
Regardless, when I talk to people on the phone about their horse, I'll always ask if the price is firm. If they say no, then I have to decide if it's worth it to me. If they say make an offer, I'll go see the horse but I won't try to work them on the price over the phone.
In any case, since taking a buyer out back of the barn and shooting them (although I've wanted to do that to some potential buyers) is against the law, making an offer is perfectly fine even if the price is right to begin with. I see it as money in my pocket for tack, gas, feed, etc. If someone had an attitude when I asked if they were firm, I would pass on the horse simply because I don't need an attitude if I ask a question about something that bothered me when I was trying the horse.
The last horse I bought had a perfect asking price, the horse was great, and rode like I would expect. I still offered a little less - they were firm on the price so I paid it and picked up the horse the next morning.
If I were a few hours away, I would certainly bring my trailer. It shows intent and when you make an offer, they know you are ready to buy and not just trying to bring the price down with no real intention of buying. If it is impractical to bring your trailer, be sure to bring a sizable down payment.
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