Hi, I tend to get a lot of e-mail scams from advertisements posted online, whether a horse, saddle, pickup, or a snaffle bit. I've learned to easily recognize these and to disregard them. Don't fall prey to them!
I have also had an experience prior when I was trying to sell a cremello yearling colt of mine, unregistered and not the cutest thing on the block! He came at the side of his dam at an auction. But, any ways, a man from California sent an e-mail expressing interest in the colt. I didn't think much of it and called him to discuss it further. For a week, we bounced back and forth with phone calls - this man was just making it so darn complicated to get things in order. FINALLY, he called with a shipper's name that he has used before. To check out the sources, we gave this shipper a call and she warned us not to sell our horse to him, he'll stop payment on a check - AND she was not willing to come pick up our colt, because this man failed to make payment on previous deliveries. When my fiance called this man to end all deals between us and even stated what he found out, the man became very agitated and irate... and hung up the phone. That was a big waste of time!!!
I did sell the cremello paint mare to a paint horse breeding operation in Arkansas and everything went very smoothly and very professional. That was easy and made the sale easier to cope with.
So, here's another warning. Be very careful about selling your horse to someone that you have not met and who are purchasing your horse off the internet site unseen in person. It doesn't seem to bode well that a horse person would make a purchase based on pictures alone. BUT it can work out if they are a family business who found a great deal on a broodmare but couldn't invest that much more in her by flying or driving to see her. But if a transaction seems to be nothing but a headache, I say don't sell - there's a lot of people out there who are looking for a horse and eventually you will find another home and hopefully the sale will be much easier!!!
Gallop as if you'll die tomorrow, jump as if you'll live forever.