I don’t feel like I can trust many people selling horses anymore
. I do pay a lot more attention to the horse.
Funny as of the last couple years. I bought Bones from a trainer friend. Like really a friend, the wife and I were close in high school and I was always friends with the trainer too. When I asked why they didn’t keep him, I knew they bought him for a stud and futurity prospect, he said that the horse was like his sire and would never be sensitive enough or have the endurance for the three events. Okay, that’s fine, the colt looked nice to me. I noticed he had calloused knees, but I just figured he reached under the fence to try and get grass.
When I brought him home he went to biting himself and kicking and squealing, it was the weirdest thing I ever saw. Come to find out he was a self-mutilator. Now who knew that was a thing?! So when I saw them in town one day they were in different places in the same building. I walked up to the man and said, “Did you know that thing Bones does is actually a thing?!” I assumed he just thought it was weird, but then he said he had no idea what I was talking about. He pulled it off well too. So, I walked across the room and approached the woman and said the exact same thing. She laughed and said “Isn’t that the weirdest thing you ever saw?! He used to get on his knees and have those massive fights with nothing there! It was so weird. He did it all of the time.”
Well, I love Bones and have learned to manage his issues, but it also wasn’t easy. Then the next year we went to an auction. We bought a 30-day filly, Lucy, that showed pretty well, but the trainer was known to be a bit sketchy. We bought her anyways (obviously). I asked him when I went to the stall to pick her up. “What should I watch for? She’s already paid for.” He looked at me funny and then laughed. “Well I’d sure watch her when I tied her up.” He was right. Lol. At least we were prepared though.
Buying a horse can be hard.
I wanted to add, I wasn’t and am not irritated about Bones’s or Lucy’s issues. I just was surprised that a friend would lie to me and a guy known as a snake would tell me the truth. I made me realize that sometimes people will hide whatever to sell a horse.