Questions About Buying a Horse - Potential Health Issues & Such
I've always purchased a horse from a known source, and now I'm in a situation where I'm looking at horses for sale from folks I don't know. There are a few questions that I have no experience with.
1) Greys - OK, this is probably a silly question. Do you have to worry about melanomas with all greys? How serious a concern is it? I am always hesitant when I come across a grey. Is this a valid concern?
2) Cribber that is controlled with miracle collar.
Horses that are cribbers have a reduced price. (at least thats what I'm finding). This means that a horse normally out of my price range could be in my price range. I have electric fencing, so I'm not too worried. Although I would always use the miracle collar because I wouldn't want the run-in shed deteriorated.
The downside of a cribber is that, as I said before, the resale value would be less, if things didn't work out with the horse for some reason.
But if you are on a limited budget, its not a showstopper, is it? Wouldn't it be great - or preferable - to get a horse with the training and background that would normally make it unaffordable? Or am I just legitimizing something I should walk away from....
3) Pricing questions:
When someone asks me "whats your price range?", do I have to worry that they will automatically jack up the sale price, assuming they had planned to ask less?
Does it ever hurt you to say your price range?