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post #21 of 29 Old 02-04-2015, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your input everyone! It's of course not my intention to offend the owners with my offer, and you've all provided some good insight on how to approach them appropriately.

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If you do it right you won't offend anyone. Just don't get your feelings hurt if they say no and let us know what happens. Luck!
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post #23 of 29 Old 02-05-2015, 03:00 AM
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Just go ask them. If they say no, or ask why did you think the horse was for sale, simply state you were talking with people about buying a horse and they said you might want to sell, sorry to have bothered you , but here is my number if you change your mind.
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post #24 of 29 Old 02-05-2015, 11:49 AM
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Show up with as much cash in hand as you'd be willing to pay. The smell of money can be powerful. One offer, one time.
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post #25 of 29 Old 02-06-2015, 12:39 PM
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That is so sad. I hope they sell to you. Good luck! <3 Let us know how it goes!
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post #26 of 29 Old 02-06-2015, 01:39 PM
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I Feel For You

Dude, I feel for you. The horse I was very attached to was almost mine and then she was sold out from under me. Luckily a working student bought her as a project pony, so she might be for sale at some point

I'm going to give you the same advice that was given to me: make a plan, don't look desperate, don't fall apart.

1.Start by looking for details. Is this horse going to be for sale soon? Is someone else interested? How much would she/he be selling for?

2.Have answers. If they ask questions like "who is your vet?" and "where would you keep them?", have answers prepared. Don't sound like you're reciting them, though.

3.Get the funding. Horses are expensive. Its a known fact. So known that they will be sure to know it.

4.Be at this horses level. Ah. Now this is where I ran into trouble with 'my' horse. She is a young TB and she needs training. And we're Eventers. Double whammy. If you and this horse are compatible in that way too, you're already one step closer.

5.Know the person. Are they compassionate about horses? If they are, be compassionate. If they are motivated by money, I don't like them, but money will go from talking to screaming in a matter of minutes.

6.Don't melt down. That won't help anyone, and it will give them a bad impression of you. Be cool, be calm, but not enough so you look detached. Just enough so you look professional.

7.Don't negotiate too much. Remember, if you act like a sleaze ball, they will treat you like a sleaze ball.

8.Have a Plan B. You have a Plan B. Don't freak out if Plan A doesn't go well, because you have a Plan B.

Stick to this and everything will be fine. This is not a sure plan, but its one of your best shots. Believe me, I know.
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post #27 of 29 Old 02-06-2015, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Show up with as much cash in hand as you'd be willing to pay. The smell of money can be powerful. One offer, one time.
I like this!

Do I literally have the money "in hand" (as in holding it for them to see), or just offer them that much, and provide the money if they agree to sell?

Might seem like a silly question, but I haven't done many business negotiations, and I can err on the side of blunt rather than tactful at times.

As for the "one offer, one time", do you mean offer what I have right away and that's that? Seems simple and efficient if that's the case. Perfect.

(Thank you to everyone else who's provided advice as well.)

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I like this!

Do I literally have the money "in hand" (as in holding it for them to see), or just offer them that much, and provide the money if they agree to sell?

Might seem like a silly question, but I haven't done many business negotiations, and I can err on the side of blunt rather than tactful at times.

As for the "one offer, one time", do you mean offer what I have right away and that's that? Seems simple and efficient if that's the case. Perfect.

(Thank you to everyone else who's provided advice as well.)
Yep, pull out the money, "This is $xxx, it's my best offer. I don't want to waste anyone's time. What do you say?"
If they refuse then "OK, bye" & you walk, after giving them your phone number.
They'll go inside, think of the money that just left & the horse they are still kind of feeding. They may or may not call you back but you tried.

(then go back later & steal that horse)
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post #29 of 29 Old 02-06-2015, 03:59 PM Thread Starter
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Yep, pull out the money, "This is $xxx, it's my best offer. I don't want to waste anyone's time. What do you say?"
If they refuse then "OK, bye" & you walk, after giving them your phone number.
They'll go inside, think of the money that just left & the horse they are still kind of feeding. They may or may not call you back but you tried.

(then go back later & steal that horse)
Awesome, thanks!

Then my next thread will be called "HELP: How to steal a horse?" (kidding, of course)
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