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    01-20-2013, 02:33 PM
  #21
Green Broke
I can understand why.

I know a young woman that has tried out 20 or more horses, does not want a show horse, just something to trail basically. She has someone along that takes videos.

In every single one, she has the reins so tight the horse is yawing at the bit, she has the riding skills of a wheelbarrow, and in a couple of the owners, they told her to come out and ride horse whenever she wanted to make it easier for her to decide.

If you comment that the horse seems unhappy about the deathgrip? Oh, she just wanted to make sure horse didn't run away. And most of the time she is in round pen or small arena to boot.

Nice horses, that the people want to sell, but she is wasting their time.

And sadly? There were a couple on there that I would have been interested in for a friend of mine, and one I would like to have looked at for me, but she won't tell you who has them, nor how to contact them.

She doesn't want them...but "might" change her mind.

Got bucked and broke arm, but back to looking again now that it will be spring soon....just wasting time.
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    01-20-2013, 04:01 PM
  #22
Trained
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Originally Posted by 5kiddos    
Aren't I technically a "tire kicker"? I am "shopping" for a very large, serious purchase. I certainly cannot commit to buying a horse based on the limited info some people put in their ads, so I have to inquire. I certainly cannot be expected to buy the horse just because I ask questions and/or go and look at it, right? I tend to be pretty easy going and don't like conflict, so I find myself feeling bad when I tell people, "I don't think your horse will work for me..." I guess I just need reassurance that it is okay to look at horses, ask questions of the owners and then decline if the horse isn't right for us. Maybe I should just pass on all ads that have criteria of "serious inquiry only" and "no tire kickers" .
Don't feel bad about taking your time, trying a lot of horses, and saying a horse is not right for you. An experienced seller can spot a true 'tire kicker' in less than 5 minutes and won't be afraid to tell the 'buyer' that the horse is not right for them to get of them.
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    01-20-2013, 04:28 PM
  #23
Green Broke
Forgive me if you have already stated this but......... if you find the right horse are you able to purchase such horse at that time? Or do you need to wait until later for some reason? I may get bashed for this but, if you are looking and find the perfect horse and are unable to put deposit or buy then you are kicking tires. IMO.
     
    01-20-2013, 04:44 PM
  #24
Trained
^^^^ Agreed.
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    01-20-2013, 05:15 PM
  #25
Green Broke
Yeh if you arnt ready to buy the horse within the next few days, you really shouldnt be wasting peoples time.
     
    01-20-2013, 10:41 PM
  #26
Foal
I am ready to buy the horse right away. I have already confirmed space at the barn where I plan to board. I have my trainer preview all of the ads I think may be possibilities and only inquire about those she thinks might work. So far I have only looked at a few (not alone, always with trainer). We are planning to see another one on Saturday.
     
    01-21-2013, 05:33 AM
  #27
Trained
You are not a tire kicker.

If I were to write or call a seller, I would be. I am not financially in any kind of position to buy again, and emotionally I'm a wreck at the moment because I'm having to put my young TB out of her pain. I am idly browsing, just to see what's out there, so now and then I do see a horse I am tempted to write or call about. But I don't. I can't afford it, I don't have room [for now...] and even if I could and did, if I ran out and bought a horse tomorrow, chances are it would be the wrong one, because I'm such a mess over Magic.

I am the definition of a tire kicker at the moment, but the key difference is that I just look from a distance.
     
    01-21-2013, 12:01 PM
  #28
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by 5kiddos    
I am ready to buy the horse right away. I have already confirmed space at the barn where I plan to board. I have my trainer preview all of the ads I think may be possibilities and only inquire about those she thinks might work. So far I have only looked at a few (not alone, always with trainer). We are planning to see another one on Saturday.
In that case, heck no you are not a tire kicker. Look at as many as you need to to find the right one! And good luck! We need pictures when you do, lol.
     
    01-24-2013, 10:53 AM
  #29
Foal
I think what most people mean is if you have a budget of $2,500 and my horse is $5,000 don't come looking hoping I will take $2,500.Thats all
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    01-24-2013, 11:04 AM
  #30
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Originally Posted by Deschutes    
My ideal horse purchase would be months after the initial inquiry, namely because I don't want just pictures, a visit/ride and call it good. I want to spend time with the horse I want to buy before purchasing so that way I get the actual full picture. I would have spent enough time with them to have a well rounded idea of a personality, habits, bad and good alike.
You do realize that your 'ideal' horse owner/seller will not likely sit on the horse for months so you can come and go while you make up your mind?
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