good buyers look for particular horses
I'm a buyer not a breeder. When I went out looking for horses 7 years ago, I looked at hundreds of horses in georgia and florida and SC. I wanted an imported wb, and I wanted color, but I looked at quarter horses and paints and tbs and everything else. People and friends and sellers and all directed me to every type of horse and I looked and tried them out. despite my saying over 16 hands, pinto, imported, wb, jumper, I looked at short horses, tall horses, chestnut horses, horses that were so muscle bound they couldn't have jumped cross rails, etc.
of course I also bought an ottb mare, bay, 16 hands, who was just as good as my wb.
and I had researched for years, while living in the big city, and read all the coth ads, kept getting the mag even though my horses were long deceased, so I knew what I should be paying for a good young horse who was showing. and I got all the other mags, including tb mags so I knew what a qh or tb or whatever should cost.
so I didn't offer a pittance for my boy, and I paid a huge amt for him, like I tell people, he cost more than most expensive cars.
so no buyer's remorse, ever, on either the tb mare or the wb.
buyers who know what they want and who buy the magazines and want a certain horse are out there looking.
and I do have friends who are used to buying 3 horses for 1000 and they went to one barn I was boarding at and offered the BO 500 for one of her foals, and she was insulted. but my friends are used to buying and selling cheap horses and have no idea what good horses cost.
of course my purchases were over 7 years ago, before 9/11 which caused some economic cutbacks, and now the economy is so bad, I'm not buying anything else. mediocre horses are being given away here in georgia now. and good horses aren't selling.
but if I can sell our building on river st, I'll be looking for more of those ottb mares who are so smart.
so I guess we "buyers" don't have the money to support a horse now. it's always not the cost of the horse, but the upkeep that concerns me now. A 100,000 horse and a 700 horse cost the same to board and feed and vet bills etc.
so we buyers are waiting. I've turned down free horses, young ones, cause I didn't want to support them for lifetime. Don't know what I'll do if someone shows up with the smart spirited tb mare. thank God I haven't found one again.
but when you run ads, or we buyers call you, please don't tell us the height, etc. and abilities of the horse are what we want, and when we get there to try out the horses, they are shorter, older, and have not been groomed, tangles in manes and tails, etc. I've driven all around atlanta answering ads and found that horses were not as advertised or as stated in my phone conversations with the sellers, who then got mad at me for saying "not what I wanted" when I should have said why did they lie to me. I didn't pay 15000 for a tb gelding who was 3 inches smaller than advertised, shaggy coated in may in georgia, and standing in knee deep mud with 2 old broodmares eaten up with rain rot.
and I looked at breeders and dealers, and ended up buying from an importer.