Originally Posted by Deschutes
What throws me off is the whole "not in the market" phrase. I'm not in the market, as I have financial duties that need to be solved first, but in that time while I am waiting, I like to "shop" for a horse to work with so that come time (before or after) I have the money, I can clearly say yay or nay.
I'm just worried about my own abilities as a new owner, so I try to make sure my first time isn't a complete wash out.
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I think what's throwing you off is, "not in the market" and taking it in its most literal sense. No, you're not in a position to buy today but yes, you are in the market for a horse. You're doing the "due diligence" part of trying to find just the right horse for you.
I think for most sellers, "not in the market" means the 13 year old kid who writes and asks for pics and videos of every horse that is their favorite pattern or color.
There are some people out there who will actually do an entire deal and when it comes time to hand over the cash, pick up the horse and take it home, they disappear. After they do it to enough people their name gets passed around.
Those are the hoof kickers, they aren't in the market, have no intention of being in the market, couldn't legally make a horse deal, but they all want attention. And while I won't spend a whole lot of time on them, I will still be nice because you never know who will be the next person who buys a horse from or where they'll hear about you.