How do I not get screwed?!
I am looking for my first "real" horse to buy. I have minis but they were auction leftover rescues so purchasing them was very straightforward. Trying to buy privately is proving itself to be a nightmare :/
I have reached out to, oh it has to be at least 15 or 20 different owners about their horses since mid september. Some don't reply, but many have. I live on an island so it is difficult to get to the mainland and try and accommodate peoples' schedules but I really do my best. Twice I've gotten almost all the way there, driven several hours and taken a several hour boat ride (giving everybody full disclosure before we schedule a meeting that it is hard for me to get to them) and have the owner say "well today just won't work, I don't feel like going to the barn/something popped up". UGH. I have also had it happen where I get to the mainland, ask for somebody's address and tell them I'm on my way after agreeing on a day and time for them to say "somebody came an hour ago and put a deposit on the horse, sorry". The worst thing to happen to me so far was recently. I found my DREAM horse, and I really mean dream. Stunning Freisian sport horse, as close as possible to where I live, and I really clicked with the owner. Owner said she loved me, loved the way I rode and was gentle with her mare and was willing to wait for as long I needed to get my end sorted out before officially buying her and taking her home. Everything just clicked together perfectly until a week later, I get a text saying somebody came out of the blue to ride and bought her that day. WTF! I was/am heartbroken but am resuming the search.
So, I am thinking that maybe I need to start doing this whole "deposit" deal in order to keep potential horses from being swept out from under my feet. I am just worried because of the untrustworthiness of strangers. What if they take my deposit and sell the horse to somebody else anyway? As I am rapidly learning, even if you click with an owner and really think you're a good fit for each other, a quick sale usually seems to tempting. What can I do to prevent myself from getting screwed? Any advice or help appreciated. I am going to see a horse on Wednesday that I'm really enthusiastic about and want to make sure that it doesn't get ruined and end in disappointment like the others.
Last edited by Msail; 10-24-2016 at 06:55 PM.
Reason: Clarification purposes