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post #1 of 10 Old 11-04-2010, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Responding to horse ads

I don't know about you guys, but I really hate the responses I get from sellers when I inquire about a horse.

There is an Arab mare on the Sonora craigslist for 3,000 dollars, great breeding up and down, and the ad says the owner has some sort of situation, and would consider sponsoring her to the right person. So I respond, praising her pedigree, asking for pictures, and saying I would prefer to breed lease but would be willing to purchase if she is the right horse.

If she hadn't had put the sponsoring bit in the ad, I would have never responded. But, I do have three thousand dollars, and if the horse were exactly what I was looking for, I would probably put in an offer.

Either way she responds, with no pictures, and no formality to the e-mail at all saying that leasing was the last resort and she would only lease to someone she or her sister knows. She also said that there were no terms on the price, cash only, and if I were still interested to call her (no number listed) and to have a splendid day.

I looked to see if the horse was listed anywhere else, like dream horse, arabian breeders, or horsetopia, but there are no other ads or pictures available.

Has anyone else encountered this type of advertising? I see it a lot on inexpensive horses in California, but generally if you really want to sell your horse or really want 3,000 dollars, you wouldn't be borderline rude to people who inquire about them. I don't know, for some reason that ****ed me off, maybe just because I was super interested and excited.
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-04-2010, 04:50 PM
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She's probably gotten all sorts of e-mails along the lines of, 'Oh what a pretty horsie! I don't have any money, but if you give her to me I'll keep her and love her forever!'

I'm pretty sure the scammers have been all over that ad, too.

Those types of things tend to make sellers kind of snarly.

If you're really interested in the horse, contact her again and tell her that she didn't include her phone number, and would she please give it to you because you're a serious buyer with cash money.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-04-2010, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Yea I thought about doing that. Maybe I will when I don't feel ****ed off any more so I don't say something that could be interpreted as offensive, haha. I have a hard time bringing money into the picture when there are no photos and no stats on the horse besides "my 12 year old rides her". It makes me feel like it's too good to be true, and maybe I will be wasting my time to pursue it further.
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-04-2010, 05:02 PM
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Don't forget, it's Craigslist.

Lotsa crazies on CL.
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-04-2010, 05:16 PM
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I'd suggest to call if she posted phone # or willing to send it to you. People who are serious have no problem to provide the phone # (in my experience). So she'd know you are real. I got so many scammers when I posted my saddle for sale - hard to believe. However she may be scammer too - you just never know.

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post #6 of 10 Old 11-04-2010, 05:46 PM
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Some people are just careless & if they're not willing to work with you or send pictures then they obviously don't want to sell the horse that badly or their's something wrong with the horse.
I met 2 women when i was looking this spring. The first talked & talked about the horse & how good she was & we arranged to meet that weekend. Well i called her the night before we were supposed to leave & several times that day & she never got back to me to let me know if she still had the horse or sold it!
The other lady was asking $1500 for her 10-yr-old Quarab mare & she sounded perfect, so i called & again we made arrangements & again she never got back to me when i tried to contact her about a viewing. 2 weeks later after i'd bought my new horse (finally) i saw the add up again for the Quarab & they'd lowered the price to $1000! Talk about dimwhitted sellers! I would have bought the mare for the full price!

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post #7 of 10 Old 11-05-2010, 06:03 AM
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Perhaps she is just frustrated with sellers bothering her. I am always reluctant to give me number out online, there are some real weird people out there. When I was selling my horse it irritated me if people asked for a payment plan or lease. If I wanted to lease the horse I would have advertised it for lease, and I don't like payment plans or trials. I think they are too "risky", I tend to also think if someone doesn't have the money to buy a horse, they won't have to money to maintain one.

What does "sponsoring" mean? In my experience it usually is a business or person contributing money to an individual, usually in exchange for some kind of advertisement. It seems to be used in a different context here though.

I'd send her an email, saying you are interested, have money to buy the horse straight up, and you would like her phone number as to contact her and make arrangements to see horse/photos as soon as convenient.
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post #8 of 10 Old 11-05-2010, 09:17 AM
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I would also email her back, and let her know you are the "real deal" and have interest, BUT, inorder to save her time and yours, you would like pics before making arrangements to actually see the horse in person. You could also send her YOUR phone number, and she could call you.

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post #9 of 10 Old 11-05-2010, 03:15 PM
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Just email back or call if your really interested. Some sellers are odd, but I know it's frustrating dealing with people when your trying to sell a horse.
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post #10 of 10 Old 11-27-2010, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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I've moved on to other horses, I saw the same horse listed for lease and for sale in a completely different city with a different name and e-mail attached to it, which to me says this lady is probably a scammer. I'm not too bothered by it though, there are plenty of economy priced mares for sale and lease.
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