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I just wondered if it was just in my area (Southeastern Ohio) or if it happened to any other people too. Whenever I selll a horse I usually get one person that shows up to "look" at the horse offered for sale and take a ride just to ride a horse! Then they tell me after they are done riding that it was fun and it was a nice horse but they just aren't ready to buy yet, or that they don't have a place for one or (my personnal favorite) honestly they just wanted to ride a horse for free. The last excuse takes a lot of nerve to tell a seller. It seems to be the younger generation that is my top "Free Ride". That would be like me going to a car dealership and driving a car around all day running erronds an then returning it saying that I don't have any money and thought it would be fun just to drive the car around for the day! WTF!!
I rearrange my day to accomodate a potential buyer and then after a big show of them acting intested they tell me "Not really, just wanted to ride" I have now started screening potential buyers by telling them the only way they get to ride is if they are very serious about the horse and they bring their own saddle. Sometimes I get some mad individuals but it halts a lot of the B.S. after I explain what has happened in the past. So I just wonder if it happens to anyone else or is it just me?
 

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i havent sold alot of horses... but ive always wondered if people ever do that!!! that does take nerve!! i havent ever heard of it happening in this area...
 

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I have a friend whose livelihood depends on horse sales. She was talking about charging a fee for a "trail ride" if someone who came to look at a horse wanted to go for a ride. Then if they bought it she would apply it to the sale price.
I've only sold a few horses but never had anyone come out for just "a ride" Thank goodness! I would have had a few choice words for whoever it was.
 

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I haven't started my serious horse shopping (going an looking at horses in person) because I don't have a place yet, so I would never be one of those checking out a horse for the sake of getting a free ride.

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This will be my first horse so if I had to bring my own saddle, I wouldn't be able to. I'd have to pass up looking at your horse if I knew I wouldn't be able to ride it even if everything else looked good (ie: ground manners, appearance, personality).

Also, I plan to ride any horse I am really interested in more than once. So if I was buying a horse from you, I'd look at the horse, have you ride it, then I'd ride it, then I'd probably stick my kid on her for a minute, then thank you and arrange to look at the horse again another time.

From everything I've gathered from reading other peoples stories on HF, I'll probably have to test ride more than 10 horses before I find the right one. The people riding with no place to put a horse or just to get a free ride are stinkers, but I might end up wasting your time too because the horse wasn't right, or I see an even better one a few days later.

Also, I can't see how a twenty minute ride on a horse is the same as taking a dealer's car for the day.
 

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I wouldnt advise someone brining their own saddle. I'd hate to have someone pinch my horses back if the tree didnt fit right.

Has it happened to you alot? I know I've had some friends do it at a local stable that also does trail rides, it was a pretty run down place. All their horses were for sale, so someone was always around to tack them up for you.

Sometimes I look at horses on a whim, not 100% sure if I want to buy a horse, but if I find something I really like I would probably come back for another ride to make sure I want the horse. (Of course ive got the $$ and a place to keep it though.) Its what you have to deal with when you sell a horse. I think its kind of funny that people tell you what they're up to. Wouldnt you think people would just keep their mouth shut. Maybe do a small "ring" fee for potential buyers.
 

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I know a lot of people that sell horses. The problem is, how do you know the person is not planning to buy the horse? It seems like a waste of time but if you want to play the game...

What I don't like is pushy sellers. It drives me nuts to go look at a horse and be told that they have 3 other potential buyers or that the last people that looked at him like him so much that they are coming with a check tomorrow if we don't buy. Hate that.
 

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What I don't like is pushy sellers. It drives me nuts to go look at a horse and be told that they have 3 other potential buyers or that the last people that looked at him like him so much that they are coming with a check tomorrow if we don't buy. Hate that.
I walk away in that situation. Most of the time they see you like the horse and they exagerate the truth. Kind of like buying a car.

I phones a seller, to make an appointment to look at her horse. She sounded amazing, and free. I wanted to see her then do a vet check and all that. Well the day before I'm suposed to go out the woman tells me she had a buyer come out from pittsburg (8hrs away) with a trailer to pick the horse up, no phone call in advance, nothing. She didnt even think they wanted her after they first saw her. I was soo ticked.

First off what kind of a seller is this woman, to let them just load up the horse like that. I would have told them to go back home, its very rude to show up totally unexpected. This woman didnt really seem to care about her horse that much, so I'm glad I didnt get to look at her.

If someone is pushing their horse to be sold that much, they just looking for quick cash, not the right fit for the horse.
 

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I wouldnt advise someone brining their own saddle. I'd hate to have someone pinch my horses back if the tree didnt fit right.

Has it happened to you alot? I know I've had some friends do it at a local stable that also does trail rides, it was a pretty run down place. All their horses were for sale, so someone was always around to tack them up for you.

Sometimes I look at horses on a whim, not 100% sure if I want to buy a horse, but if I find something I really like I would probably come back for another ride to make sure I want the horse. (Of course ive got the $$ and a place to keep it though.) Its what you have to deal with when you sell a horse. I think its kind of funny that people tell you what they're up to. Wouldnt you think people would just keep their mouth shut. Maybe do a small "ring" fee for potential buyers.
I like the sound of that...a "ring fee". :lol: I'll suggest that to my friend who wants to charge a fee for a test ride. I don't think $15-25 is too much to ask for a ride on a horse your really interested in.
I know she gets frustrated at the ones who come out and spend 4-5 hours or longer riding the horse only to walk away and say "we'll think about it"
 

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That would be like me going to a car dealership and driving a car around all day running erronds an then returning it saying that I don't have any money and thought it would be fun just to drive the car around for the day!
This happens all the time.

 

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I pay a $15 ring fee to take horses to my trainers farm. I can do whatever I want for the day. That way they get some people out to the facility (its boarding, so a great way to get new boarders) and it keeps people away that might be dangerous riders (i always worry about other riders in the ring I dont know).

A "ring fee" sounds so legitimate too, who would question it :p
 

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I think that sounds like a much better idea than bring your own tack. You should test it out Horse Slave :lol: let us know how it goes. Post it in your sale ads. "$15 ring fee for test rides-applied to purchase price upon receipt"
 

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Whenever I go to see a horse I'm interested in, I ask if they want me to bring my tack. That way, they know ahead of time that I ride and am serious about seeing the animal in question.

Unfortunately, when you sell horses you're going to get tire kickers and 'wish buyers'.

I'm not sure a fee to test ride a horse is going to get you anywhere, especially with people like me. I've already spent a good deal of time, gasoline, and wear and tear on my vehicle getting to you. If you want to add insult to injury and tell me I have to pay to ride the beastie you're trying to sell, I'll tell you 'no thanks'.

What if I don't like the horse, and don't want to buy it? Am I out your 'fee', as well as my own expenses? Not a good selling strategy.

Beware of turning off true potential buyers. If you sell, you're going to get the people who waste your time. It's part and parcel of selling things and applies to everything, not just horses.
 

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I have been on both sides of this equation: people treating me badly when I was selling, and people being jerks when I was buying.

Bottom line is, certain people are going to be jerks. A better method might be to ask for references from potential sellers - from a trainer, instructor, barn owner or vet, but I haven't found a cure for jerkiness yet.
 

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I'm not sure a fee to test ride a horse is going to get you anywhere, especially with people like me. I've already spent a good deal of time, gasoline, and wear and tear on my vehicle getting to you. If you want to add insult to injury and tell me I have to pay to ride the beastie you're trying to sell, I'll tell you 'no thanks'.

What if I don't like the horse, and don't want to buy it? Am I out your 'fee', as well as my own expenses? Not a good selling strategy.

Beware of turning off true potential buyers.
I agree. A riding fee would turn me off. Of course, I'm only planning on looking at $1500 or lower priced horses, so I don't know how someone would feel for a higher priced one. If I had to pay to test ride every horse I figure on looking at I'm sure to be out $150-$200 dollars easy, just on ring fees.

Since I'm probably going to be out a couple of grand on PPEs (assuming the first few turn up some reason not to buy a horse I like), I'd be annoyed (and a little suspicious) if a seller tried to make me pay to ride their horse.
 

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I think if its an expensive horse i wouldnt mind paying ring fees. im talking 25 000 and up horses. i would rather turn off some possible buyer by having a ring fee rather then having some goofball wreck my well-trained horse just because they want to ride. :)
 

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I agree that price determines how much you can expect from buyers. Anything over $6500 and I would say that a $10-15 ring fee would be acceptable. But a ring fee to try out a $1500 horse seems a bit much to me and I would probably pass unless the horse was darn near perfect and only $1500. If you don't mind hanging onto the horse for a while before it sells and the jerky "buyers" really get to you then do it. But you might miss out on the perfect person for your horse if you get too carried away about deterring the "bad buyers".
 

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rather then having some goofball wreck my well-trained horse just because they want to ride. :)
Remember, you own the horse, and if the rider is doing something drastic enough to 'wreck' the horse, you have EVERY right to tell them to get off before they do damage.
 

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I have never had that issue with any of the horses I have sold. It's actually the first time that I have heard this happen as well. I think the ring fee is an excellent idea.
I do think though, that as a seller, you should be asking a lot of questions if not more questions than the buyer regarding what it is they want or are looking for. It is your horse's best interest to find out where he/she is going to go and find out as much information as possible about this rider who is coming in. By doing the right amount of questioning, you should be able to smell the fish before it shows up on your doorstep.
 
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