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        12-23-2009, 05:15 PM
      #11
    Showing
    I think that sounds like a much better idea than bring your own tack. You should test it out Horse Slave let us know how it goes. Post it in your sale ads. "$15 ring fee for test rides-applied to purchase price upon receipt"
         
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        12-23-2009, 05:31 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Whenever I go to see a horse I'm interested in, I ask if they want me to bring my tack. That way, they know ahead of time that I ride and am serious about seeing the animal in question.

    Unfortunately, when you sell horses you're going to get tire kickers and 'wish buyers'.

    I'm not sure a fee to test ride a horse is going to get you anywhere, especially with people like me. I've already spent a good deal of time, gasoline, and wear and tear on my vehicle getting to you. If you want to add insult to injury and tell me I have to pay to ride the beastie you're trying to sell, I'll tell you 'no thanks'.

    What if I don't like the horse, and don't want to buy it? Am I out your 'fee', as well as my own expenses? Not a good selling strategy.

    Beware of turning off true potential buyers. If you sell, you're going to get the people who waste your time. It's part and parcel of selling things and applies to everything, not just horses.
         
        12-23-2009, 06:55 PM
      #13
    Banned
    I have been on both sides of this equation: people treating me badly when I was selling, and people being jerks when I was buying.

    Bottom line is, certain people are going to be jerks. A better method might be to ask for references from potential sellers - from a trainer, instructor, barn owner or vet, but I haven't found a cure for jerkiness yet.
         
        12-23-2009, 08:40 PM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    I'm not sure a fee to test ride a horse is going to get you anywhere, especially with people like me. I've already spent a good deal of time, gasoline, and wear and tear on my vehicle getting to you. If you want to add insult to injury and tell me I have to pay to ride the beastie you're trying to sell, I'll tell you 'no thanks'.

    What if I don't like the horse, and don't want to buy it? Am I out your 'fee', as well as my own expenses? Not a good selling strategy.

    Beware of turning off true potential buyers.
    I agree. A riding fee would turn me off. Of course, I'm only planning on looking at $1500 or lower priced horses, so I don't know how someone would feel for a higher priced one. If I had to pay to test ride every horse I figure on looking at I'm sure to be out $150-$200 dollars easy, just on ring fees.

    Since I'm probably going to be out a couple of grand on PPEs (assuming the first few turn up some reason not to buy a horse I like), I'd be annoyed (and a little suspicious) if a seller tried to make me pay to ride their horse.
         
        12-23-2009, 08:45 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I think if its an expensive horse I wouldnt mind paying ring fees. Im talking 25 000 and up horses. I would rather turn off some possible buyer by having a ring fee rather then having some goofball wreck my well-trained horse just because they want to ride. :)
         
        12-24-2009, 12:38 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    I agree that price determines how much you can expect from buyers. Anything over $6500 and I would say that a $10-15 ring fee would be acceptable. But a ring fee to try out a $1500 horse seems a bit much to me and I would probably pass unless the horse was darn near perfect and only $1500. If you don't mind hanging onto the horse for a while before it sells and the jerky "buyers" really get to you then do it. But you might miss out on the perfect person for your horse if you get too carried away about deterring the "bad buyers".
         
        12-24-2009, 03:56 AM
      #17
    Started
    I, personally, would NEVER go try out a horse if I was told I had to pay to do so! There's plenty other horses for sale, I'll take my money elsewhere, thank you! Just something to think about...
         
        12-24-2009, 04:15 AM
      #18
    Trained
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    rather then having some goofball wreck my well-trained horse just because they want to ride. :)
    Remember, you own the horse, and if the rider is doing something drastic enough to 'wreck' the horse, you have EVERY right to tell them to get off before they do damage.
         
        12-24-2009, 12:14 PM
      #19
    Showing
    I have never had that issue with any of the horses I have sold. It's actually the first time that I have heard this happen as well. I think the ring fee is an excellent idea.
    I do think though, that as a seller, you should be asking a lot of questions if not more questions than the buyer regarding what it is they want or are looking for. It is your horse's best interest to find out where he/she is going to go and find out as much information as possible about this rider who is coming in. By doing the right amount of questioning, you should be able to smell the fish before it shows up on your doorstep.
         

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