From what I gathered on the phone with her and in the pictures before I went to see her I was more then willing to pay the 500. From my understanding she had just been trimmed. Her feet were good. She said she thought she show quality for local shows. She seemed to know what she was talking about. She was evasive about the bloodlines, stated she really didnt know anything about them.. and I thought ok.. well I'll take a look at the papers of the parents and see if there are any good lines.
I expected as any buyer would that she would be haltered and brought out when we came so that we could see her, cleaned up and made to look nice as most sellers would do before showing a horse off. Ya know? Clean them up and bring em out. Have the parents paper work on hand so I could see them.. let me walk her around and take a look at her conformation. She never once said anything online or over the phone about her eyelid being soen back together.. Never said anything until dad asked "What wrong with its eye?" She said.. "Oh! Well.. she got her head through the gates and tore it open.. and it had to be soen back together.." I don't think she wouldve said anything until dad spoke up. She was not cleaned, she was dirty, matted and was quite obviously very wormy. Long malformed hooves, overbite, which could lead to problems in the future, if it progressed. I asked multiple times to get her out and take a look at her, walk her around and play with her. She ignored my requests both times, which told me that she was not broke to lead. I asked her and she said well I've been working with her on it and I said ok.. well.. mind if we put a halter and lead on her and bring her out? Twice I asked and both times she ignored it.. so that right there tells me that she was NOT broke to lead or halter. She wasnt as friendly as she claimed in the ad.. she was actully pretty timid and scared.. only after 15 minutes .. did she finally come up to me for scratching. Neither the stud or dam had very good confo. It was only after I saw what (parents) she came from, the lack of training she had, hoof and teeth condition, living conditions and her overall confo.. that I decided against paying that much for "papered" scrub stock with unknown heritage. I gave her my offer.. She can accept it or turn it down but I believe I spoke in the best way I could without yelling or belittling her. I believe I was as nice as I couldve been without knocking her animals. I agree with the above poster that the elderly ones should be given away to a good home and that the filly shouldnt be priced that high.. based on her color alone..