I just wondered if it was just in my area (Southeastern Ohio) or if it happened to any other people too. Whenever I selll a horse I usually get one person that shows up to "look" at the horse offered for sale and take a ride just to ride a horse! Then they tell me after they are done riding that it was fun and it was a nice horse but they just aren't ready to buy yet, or that they don't have a place for one or (my personnal favorite) honestly they just wanted to ride a horse for free. The last excuse takes a lot of nerve to tell a seller. It seems to be the younger generation that is my top "Free Ride". That would be like me going to a car dealership and driving a car around all day running erronds an then returning it saying that I don't have any money and thought it would be fun just to drive the car around for the day! Wth!!
I rearrange my day to accomodate a potential buyer and then after a big show of them acting intested they tell me "Not really, just wanted to ride" I have now started screening potential buyers by telling them the only way they get to ride is if they are very serious about the horse and they bring their own saddle. Sometimes I get some mad individuals but it halts a lot of the B.S. After I explain what has happened in the past. So I just wonder if it happens to anyone else or is it just me?