The only 'tire kicking' I do, if it is to be called that, is when I call someone who has an advertisement with NO relevant information, just a picture and maybe it says, "broke" or "green" or, my personal favorite: "Pony size", but that gives me very little information - there are very different levels of Broke (beginner rider? Advanced rider?) and Green (30 days? 60? Ever been on a trail?) and there's quite a range in "Pony Size"! I've got dogs, kids, cats in the barn, chickens, a tractor that revs up, neighbors with dirtbikes, and a husband with little equine experience. So I want to know before I even travel to look if I won't be wasting someone's time by going out. What if I get there and they say, "Oh, he HATES dogs, and tries to stomp them" or some other factor that will make him unacceptable? We've just both wasted a ton of time. So I think calling is OK if you have VERY specific questions (I always have a list when I call about buying something). Sometimes my question will be answered in a text or something, so it wasn't a big put out to the owner. If I am selling, I would prefer to chat with someone on the phone first as I can put on the hands free and do laundry while answering questions that won't make me later down the road go through all the crud to get the horse ready to try and the first set of questions discounts the horse. I have always let people know if I did not purchase their horse why I didn't buy it, but I wouldn't even go look at a horse if I didn't have the money they are asking, and I wouldn't even look at a horse I thought was overpriced - those are the worst people to deal with, IMHO!