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        12-09-2013, 08:04 PM
      #21
    Yearling
    If it is an expensive leather halter or something I can understand a seller taking it off before selling...but really, would someone really remove a cheap $10 nylon halter if that's what the horse normally wears before selling?
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        12-09-2013, 08:18 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Oshawapilot    
    If it is an expensive leather halter or something I can understand a seller taking it off before selling...but really, would someone really remove a cheap $10 nylon halter if that's what the horse normally wears before selling?
    Because they want to use it for their other horses? Cheap $10 or not, they aren't selling the tack, and unless it's stated the horse comes with a halter they should assume it doesn't. My girls didn't. When we sold my gelding we included a bit of his tack, but they had brought a halter to use on him anyways. One halter is like another - as long as it fits, the horse isn't going to care if it's the one 'it normally wears' or not.
         
        12-09-2013, 08:32 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    I just can't personally see taking off a $10 halter, especially if the horse has been wearing it for some time and is comfy in it. To me it would be like selling my car but pulling out the floormats at the last second (while the new owner is standing there with the keys) because "I can use those in my other car".

    If it was a pricey leather halter I'd probably find a cheapie to go with the horse nonetheless unless the buyer said "I don't need it, it's OK", but yes, I'd remove the expensive one.

    But, that's just me. To each their own.
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        12-09-2013, 08:32 PM
      #24
    Weanling
    It is standard practice to sell the horse with no tack. However, I will usually send hard to fit items, like hoof boots and possibly blankets, with the horse. I let my previous mare's hoof boots, joint supplements, a nylon halter, and a half bag of feed go with her. I almost sent her blankets, too, but they were so expensive and I was hoping to trade them for the right size for the new horse. If the new owner had asked to buy them, I would have given her a good deal, though. Same on pretty much anything else I bought specifically for the mare.
         
        12-09-2013, 08:33 PM
      #25
    Trained
    I always toss a couple of halters and ropes in before I go horse shopping. I think sellers should send a halter & lead (not necessarily the newest or best they have) but I never assume they will. I don't really mind if they don't, I like going and getting the new horse a new halter and new lead to start off our partnership. Kinda symbolic.
         
        12-09-2013, 08:40 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    I guess I just think if you're going to go buy a horse you should be 100% prepared for it, including having your own supplies like a halter and rope. If someone showed up to pick up my horse with no halter and no lead rope I would question to myself if they had it at all (and be a little put off that they are ASSUMING I am giving them a halter, too.) Realistically I likely would throw in the rope halter I use with them but I don't think it should ever be assumed. If you're prepared for the horse the seller shouldn't have to give you their halters and leads.

    I don't see it like floormats, either, because those come standard with every car. If I bought a car and bought some seat covers for it, I'll probably take those off before selling it. Likewise if I get a horse and buy a halter for it, I can totally see taking the halter off before selling. I'm not selling you my seat covers, I'm selling the car and what came with it. Likewise with the horse - I am selling you my animal, not the supplies with it. Again, I would likely include the halter - though not the rope, I only have one. Just saying that it seems more than logical to me that someone doesn't include them.

    I guess this is coming from a person who has no spare money and owns only 2 halters and 1 lead rope. There are those people that own dozens and dozens and could spare a few! ;)
         
        12-09-2013, 08:45 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    I too would bring my own halters, leads, etc. We have tons of them. None of them are fancy, much beyond $30 or so for the fancier ones, and plenty of $5/$10 nylon specials.

    But if I was selling, I'd at least OFFER the buyer the cheapie halter just in case they didn't want to be bothered trying to refit a new halter etc etc etc before loading. Sure, it would probably be a 50/50 take up on the offer, but I'd ask nonetheless.

    Just my $0.02. SO not worth fighting about. ;)
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        12-09-2013, 10:02 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Well, as a seller, here's where going that teeny little extra bit can pay off. If I bought a horse from someone and, even though I always have a halter & lead in the trailer, they didn't have their own halter and lead on the horse, I'd think they were shoddy and cheap and I'd wonder what else they skimped on. It would be the difference between telling everyone what a great seller the person was and sending a friend who was also looking for a horse to them and NOT referring anyone to them. It's just too hard to try to undo a less than stellar first impression. Heck, even the AUCTION I go to, gives me a brand new rope halter and lead for every horse I buy.
         
        12-09-2013, 10:17 PM
      #29
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    I always bring a halter/lead in case,but every horse I have bought came with a halter,even those from auctions.Some bargain basement halters but still something
    As a seller, horses were always sold with good nylon halter & lead.
    It is common practice.... around here anyway not having horse sold with a halter would be unusual
         
        12-10-2013, 12:28 AM
      #30
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    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
    Well, as a seller, here's where going that teeny little extra bit can pay off. If I bought a horse from someone and, even though I always have a halter & lead in the trailer, they didn't have their own halter and lead on the horse, I'd think they were shoddy and cheap and I'd wonder what else they skimped on. It would be the difference between telling everyone what a great seller the person was and sending a friend who was also looking for a horse to them and NOT referring anyone to them. It's just too hard to try to undo a less than stellar first impression. Heck, even the AUCTION I go to, gives me a brand new rope halter and lead for every horse I buy.
    Sounds basically like my logic. I pretty much expect a horse to come with a halter and lead. Were I on my way to pick up a horse I would have one just in case, but I think it reflects poorly on the seller if they lead the horse out to the trailer and take the halter off. I do understand not sending your $100 custom leather halter, but almost anyone- especially someone that has bought/sold multiple horses- would be able to sacrifice an old halter and lead.

    And, like someone said, sending a horse off with a halter and lead is required in some areas. I like the analogy to the car floor mats- basic mats come standard in a car, like a halter with a horse. Now, if I had bought heavy duty expensive floor mats for the car, then I would definitely take them out to use for my other car. I'd replace them with the original mats before the new owner got there, though.
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