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post #1 of 7 Old 07-27-2013, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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Is it acceptable to negotiate for sale price?

A few things have come up during whiskey's trial period this past week. Most I wasn't concerned about, but his feet I am. My vet is assuring me I am looking at time and money and a good bit of both in trying to fix them.

I really like this horse, but I can't justify paying what they are currently asking and then turning around and spending more on his care.

So my i just return him? Or is it acceptable to negotiate their final asking price in light of these foot issues? Thanks for the help. Not sure of protocol here.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-27-2013, 09:05 AM
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Sale price is always negotiable especially if issues come up. It may be negotiable, however, it is not a requirement for the seller to negotiate...they may negotiate, they may not.

Have your vet write up his "official" findings in an official, typed letter with his company logo (if he has one), contact information and signature. Present that to the seller(s) when you approach them about negotiating price.

Verbal hearsay, which would be you just passing on the vet's thoughts won't have as much impact as an official write-up.

I edited this as I had originally read farrier for vet as I had "feet" in my head. On that note, however, I would have your farrier also take a look after consulting with your vet and if he/she agrees to the problems identified by the vet, have them also write up their findings. This gives more weight to the idea of negotiation.

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Well, I just read your other threads about his feet and if you truly want the horse then yes I would be upfront and honest with the seller about the Vet/farrier findings and ask for a substantial drop in price. But unless this horse is a 110% fit for your wants and needs frankly I would send him back and look elsewhere. In fact, looking at his feet I would have never considered him at all, but that is just me and years of experience throwing "good money after bad" trying to fix issues like this on horses I have bought. JMO, your mileage may vary.

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Some sellers will negotiate, others will not. When I sold Ro, I felt I was asking a fair, if not below market value price for him so my price was firm - but the buyers were aware of that before a trial ride was set up.
If the horse has issues.. You bet you can approach the seller about then, but they may say "take it or leave it" - in that case, you need to have a firm price in mind that you will not go over and be willing to return the horse.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-27-2013, 09:50 AM
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I find negotiating is expected especially if there are problems with a horse or anything else you may be buying.

While occasionally some sellers may not negotiate, if the horse has problems and they will not negotiate, you must weigh the long term cost of the problem and pass on the purchase if the costs are too high.


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post #6 of 7 Old 07-27-2013, 11:51 AM
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No hoof no horse, I take the horse back and let the sellers know he has bad feet. Look elsewhere, or ask sellers to contact you once hoof issue is fixed.
Why take on someone elses problems ? Its a buyers market lots of horses out there, take your time and dont get impatient.
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Like Southern said, price negotiation is generally expected.

I am not good at "haggling" over price, at all. So, in the cases where I have been really "torn" it was not due to price, it was due to wanting a horse that was not what I actually needed. I found that often if an owner knows the horse will go to a good home and that you are interested but hesitant - they will initiate the "drop in price". If it is not uncomfortable to you to present an offer w the estimated cost of hoof care, then yes - it is very expected and no one should take offense - it is business. If it is uncomfortable for you and the price is really healthy, you might want to just tender a written offer so you do not have to "initiate" the conversation in person.

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