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post #21 of 24 Old 02-06-2016, 10:41 AM
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I have bought horses without ever riding them first, but if I am going to ride them I would certainly be spending the first few minutes "feeling them out" and would like to see even a beginner doing the same. Light pressure can always be increased if needed but obviously this lady rides the way she does and this was not the horse for her. I think the only reason to come back again after the first ride is if the buyer thinks the horse may be right and wants to be sure. In this case it just wasn't a good match.
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post #22 of 24 Old 02-06-2016, 12:06 PM
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My story is from the perspective of the buyer. About 4 years ago when I was looking for a horse, I found on line what I thought was a good prospect. After several emails back and forth asking questions I was satisfied that I wanted to make an appointment to ride the gelding. I had all my own tack with me. I drove 1 1/2 hours to the woman's home. She kept the gelding out behind her house. She brought him up to the drive, and as I listened to her praise him, I saw that he had been foundered badly. Long hooves, dished, ridges, a very obvious case.

I then said "I see he has been foundered. He is not what I am looking for. Thank you for your time." I smiled at her, said goodbye, said he was a nice looking horse and began to walk back to my car. She started yelling at me that I hadn't given him a chance, that he rode just fine. She got pretty aggressive in her speech so I backed out of the drive and left without further conversation.

Later that day, she started sending me emails, cursing me, calling names, saying that I had wasted her time because I had not asked specifically about founder and berating me for saying "Thanks for wasting my time". I absolutely never said that. I drove a 3 hour round trip and she spent 5 minutes getting the horse out for me to see. When I said "Thanks for your time" she heard "Thanks for wasting my time" somehow. I had to block her emails. Thank goodness she didn't have my phone.

I say this because your buyer's remark about "good luck selling your horse", depending on the tone in which it was said, may not have been her intent. She may have been really disappointed that she couldn't handle the horse. At any rate, sometimes the horse doesn't fit the buyer and the buyer recognizes that immediately. You are better off not having a person come out multiple times for naught.
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post #23 of 24 Old 02-06-2016, 05:02 PM
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I've only tried any horse once.

It's tricky showing horses to potential buyers because not only are you trying to make the horse sound positive but still accurate the buyer is often dishonest or unrealistic about their riding skill.

Regardless of how well your horse responds, he doesn't sound like he is tolerant enough in his training for a beginner or novice rider yet I imagine his breed attracts them more than any other segment of riders.

It sounds like the buyer was pretty scared and that's probably where the attitude is coming from. I'm not sure how you advertised but they obviously expected something else.

If I were looking at a horse and the owner told me about voice commands an sensitivity I would start cautiously however at some point in that trial I would ride how I ride not how the horse is trained to be ridden. The reality is that I would be looking for a horse compatible with how I do things, if I don't test that then what's the point?
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post #24 of 24 Old 02-10-2016, 11:37 AM
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I don't know about buying but riding school horses - I know straight away if I like them or not. It's not just about the training but also about the way the horse moves. I don't know how to explain this but some horses have this something in their movement, especially in canter, which glues me to the saddle. Maybe it's a combination of my build and their build. I ride a mare which people find bouncy. I find her "gluey" even though the other riders are much more accomplished then me.
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