Strange horse buying situation?
Okay what would you think?
My friend has been looking for a horse for a while now. She has some pretty particular things she wants and will wait until she finds the right one. We found a horse online that looked really nice. He is a little bigger than she wants though and it was unclear how much training he had.
He is OTTB, gorgeous, appears kind and willing. We rode him and he was actually overly calm and slow off the leg. (showed no signs of being aced though) He is only 5. Seems so nice but something seemed amiss. The lady bought him only 6 weeks ago and started advertising him two weeks after she bought him. She says its a health issue, but she had the health issue before she purchased him.
She actually puts in ad she will trade for a horse that is only an inch shorter than him..... I have no reason to not trust her, she seems very open, honest and nice. I just think this seems very strange. She did say I could contact the trainer she bought him from and I did. He only had the horse for a month, had nothing bad to say about him. Prior to that he said he was mostly out to pasture.
She also agreed to letting him go on trial. She had professional rider show him to us and did not ride him herself. I get the feeling that maybe she is afraid of him? But he seems so quiet and sweet.
My friend is looking for a trustworthy horse, not dead quiet, but reliable. I just have a gut feeling this horse may be the type to be really quiet but then get nuts on occassion. Doesn't the whole thing sound odd, or am I just being too suspicous. Do people actually buy a horse and change their mind that quickly if nothing bad happened? I guess that its possible.
Maybe she bought the horse, hoping she could handle it, and found out it was too much for her. People do things they want to on impulse without thinking it through. The wanting to trade for a horse an inch shorter is a little weird though. I wouldn't think an inch would make that much of a difference but who knows? Sounds to me like a weird person, not that there's anything wrong with the horse. I would say go for the trial and see what happens.
I agree could just be her, and sometimes a quieter, slow off the leg horse can be more work to ride than one that a bit more forward, just seems off though
Did you all only ride him the one time? He might have just been having a lazy day, and won't be like that all the time.
she did say he is bored with her tiny arena and one jump so says he will perk up at our property. so we shall see
When I go to look at a horse from a private buyer I always get there 30 minutes early. I know some horses need lunged before riding but I've seen some pretty odd stuff arriving early. I'd do a WRITTEN trial.
thats good advice. When we arrived the horse appeared to not have been ridden or lunged but it was chilly so he might not have gotten sweaty. I don't know my gut just says something isn't right.
Beware of some buyers who sedate "fizzy" horses before an inspection as well!
Do the trial, but before that do a last minute notice look. Call her and say you are close by and would like to come by and look at him again. Give her 15-30 minute notice and then drive up a few minutes early. There wouldn't be much time for someone to lunge or prep him if he's not right.
But if the written trial is written right, and covers you and her, what do you have to lose?
BUT, go with your gut feeling or at least approach it with a sceptical eye to the whole thing. Something doesn't make sense.
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