Sellers And Buyers Thread Share You Fun And Not So Fun Stories
I want to include both in this because I feel for buyers who drive hours to see something that is not what's advertised.
But at the moment I am selling so I will share some of my fun experiences.
As you all know one of my "sold" horses had the bar from the horsebox fall down smacking his hind leg, he flipped, and now I have scar leg to sell. Funny how I hear about the fallen bar after guy is back home miles away. Anyway, when he was here he was "measuring" said horse. Doing the whole hand to his chin first flat footed then on tippy toes. I said he was 15.3. Guy says "no way" might just be 15.2 but don't think he is. So I have a trusty stick with a level in the top and tell him to measure him with the stick. What do you know, he's a tick under 16 hands! Said horse has a bit of filling out to do and was recently gelded so I can understand, but enough with the hand on chin crap as if that's suppose to impress me.
Yesterday I get a call on my 2 geldings born in the same year and get "are they from the same mare?" Um, no they aren't twins. Same guy says "have they been gelded yet?" Both of these important facts are stated pretty clearly in the ad.
Then today's call really took the cake. Asked about size and told him. "Oh way too small they won't be nothing". Ok I ignore that and let him continue on. Then he talks about the stallions both are by and starts slagging them off. So I politely say maybe these horses aren't for you. I get "let me tell you something, I'm the buyer and I can say what I want."Noo, you aren't the buyer because I can't for the life of me figure out why you would even be slightly interested due to this converstation." OK maybe this is some Irish trick where you slag horse off so seller feels really stupid and near enough gives the horse away and buyer thinks he's ever so clever. Goes on to say, "young lady (ok brownie points for that), do you know who I am." At which stage he mentions some chaser that won a biggish race 25 years ago. Didn't train or own it but he was involved. Asks me my involvement with TB's and what good horses I've been involved with. At which stage, Mr. Chatty Cathy goes quiet and converstation done.
I know these horses are not probably world beaters and their price reflects this. But I am honest and I will tell you if they've had any problems. Like the one guy has a pen allergy which I will pass along. I have records of health care that can be backed up by my vet and if I tell you a size it's because I have put the stick on them myself. If something has happened to one of them along the way I will tell you about it before you make the journey just so I, the seller, do not waste your time. I do care that these horses go into the right hands which is easy enough to gauge per converstations. Not fool proof but google can be your friend. I just had a call from Greece from a guy who by the way I did google and story seems to match what he told me. He makes buying trips to Ireland and will be here at the end of the month so who knows.
Yes, very wordy and long, but I'm on mare stare, very tired and need to stay awake!