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Stories of crazy buyers & sellers, selling & wanting to purchase!!

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  • Stories of crazy buyers & sellers, selling & wanting to purchase!!

    I'm interested in hearing all the funny stories of sellers & buyers and the crazies who are buying & selling. I need a good laugh!!!

    My current situation is, I have a three year old horse that has had less than two weeks with the trainer undersaddle for sale. He is extremely GREEN as you would all expect, the ad discloses this so I would assume only knowledgable horse people would be contacting me. Apparently, I went wrong by assuming.
    I have been contacted by a lady who wants to come out to see him. Super! I want to sale him before I have to put anymore $$$ into him. However, over a few phone calls (bad cell phone service) I find out it's for her 10yr old son who is most likely greener than the horse. He has had no professional training but mom thinks Timmy is a great little rider! I imagine from all the trail rides they went on at the dude ranch over springbreak so much so they are building a barn. By the way, mom nor does anyone in the family have any further horse experience.
    All I suggested was that I think my horse is not a good match for little Timmy and maybe they should try some riding lessons first. However, mom insist that she wants to come out and see the horse, he's just so pretty. For heaven sakes, Timmy has already named him. Wow!! In their minds they, are already home with this horse having a great time, too bad that's not what I see. I have passed them off to the trainer who has the horse, hoping she will convince them that this is a BAD IDEA!!
    Hopefully, they listen because they won't be finding out with this horse but I can imagine someone else won't think twice about selling them a horse.

  • #2
    There's not enough space on here to relive all of them...

    Although the lady who came in shorts and flip flops, parked her car in front of the driveway gate, climbed over it..marked open enter then close please sign...4 hours late to TRY a horse..yeah wanted to ride around ring bare-back on OTTB very green. Yes hse had a cell phone, yes she had my phone number...No She Didn't ride the horse...


    • #3
      I had my mare for sale a few years ago. She'd tossed me off, and I was unable to ride for a year. Despite her misdeed she's actually a very sane and sensible horse; she was just having a bad mare day. Anyhow, I got a call from an older gentleman who seemed like he'd be a great match during our phone conversation. He'd been riding since he was a little tyke. He wasn't bothered by the idea of a few mareish antics. He'd brought green horses along. Alas, a subsequent phone call was intercepted by one of his offspring, who was quite surprised to find that her father's current Alzheimer's foible was going to involve a horse purchase. I still own the mare.


      • #4
        I had a horse I was rehoming years ago off the track that was young, green, hot and huge! All of which was clearly stated in the ad. I had one person want to come try her but after talking to her I stated it would not be a good match due to her inexperience and left it at that. Not long afterwards someone else contacts me and wants to come see the horse so I ask the same questions.....it was the same girl but with a different name trying to change her answers so I would let her come try the horse! Heck no.
        McDowell Racing Stables

        Home Away From Home


        • #5
          Ohhhh, I people you'll meet ! Dr Suess could have done the horse world proud by looking at all the characters.

          Too many long and colorful stories to tell here.. but my 2 favorite endings:

          1. Customer shows up the next day with a paper shopping bag full of cash.. for the very fancy horse.

          2. Funny foreign gentleman with shoulder purse(full of cash), never sits on a horse BUT purchases a few dozen horses from all over the state... what a week that was !

          (Don't even ask me what I think about people trying horses in string bikini tops, but the grooms think it's a super idea,lol)
          I can explain it TO you,but I can't understand it FOR you


          • #6
            I had a 3 year old large pony sized gelding for sale. He had been saddled but not ridden. This was stated clearly in the ad. I'm contacted by e-mail asking if he would be good for a child. I respond that since he isn't broke that, no, he would not be good for a child. She responds that she has a trainer that will train the pony then work with the child and pony together.

            She arranges for trainer to come meet pony. Trainer did not realize pony had not been ridden. Prospective buyer thought trainer could put 2 weeks or a month on pony then have child riding under supervision. Trainer told PB pony was not suitable. Did I mention that trainer and PB had never met? She was called from a Craigslist ad to come see pony.

            I still have the gelding. He is 5 and finished at 14.2 and is the best trail horse, but is not suitable for a child as he has too much go. He also turned out to be gaited. He does not gait except when someone is on him. Talk about a bonus.


            • #7
              Oh, I have a couple of horse buying stories. I had been looking high and low for a horse suitable for me but also calm enough for my 6 year old to occasionally ride.

              I was very specific when I called about what I was looking for before driving 2 hours to look at a horse.

              I went to see one horse that was advertised as 12 and great for kids. He was skinny and only great for leading kids. They didn't know how he would do without the lead. Did I mention they were told he was 12 when they bought him several years before and that they suspected he was older than that when they bought him? Apparently horses don't age or something. LOL

              Next was someone who said she had two for me to try. One was, I kid you not, 17 hands and so slow you had to steady kick to keep her moving. There was no way I was putting my little child on such a large horse. Not to mention he wouldn't be able to get the horse to move at all.

              The other horse was too small for me and was jumping out of his skin. I asked how they thought that horse was suitable for a child. They assured me that with a few more miles, he would be a great child's horse.


              There are others but those are the ones that stand out the most.


              • #8
                We went to see a "child safe horse" and the owner got him, saddled him up, went on about what a perfect gentleman he was and I wouldn't find a better horse. I asked her to ride him first and she was shocked and said no way was she getting on him.


                • #9
                  Prospective buyer stated I would never be able to sell this horse http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...lar6-27-11.jpg in "that" condition. Me: "What do you mean, WHAT condition?" Her: "Oh, she's too thin." Ok, so I'm thinking she means she's too light boned (she's a LITTLE horse!) and I went over our phone conversation about how small the filly is, but she said "I know, but she's really underweight."
                  "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Toadie's mom View Post
                    Prospective buyer stated I would never be able to sell this horse http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...lar6-27-11.jpg in "that" condition. Me: "What do you mean, WHAT condition?" Her: "Oh, she's too thin." Ok, so I'm thinking she means she's too light boned (she's a LITTLE horse!) and I went over our phone conversation about how small the filly is, but she said "I know, but she's really underweight."
                    Okay. Wow. I wonder how many horses she's foundered.

                    Cute, cute filly btw.


                    • #11
                      Toedie's Mom.....what a gorgeous gal!


                      • #12
                        Never again could I top the crazy woman selling a big, well bred Selle Francais colt. He was a butthead and badly conformed when I went to see him. He was tied in the backyard to a flimsy pipe rail down by his knees. The woman, and her skanky, tattooed teen daughter tried chasing him around a pen so I could see him trot. Then we spent ten minutes trying to get close to him with the measuring standard. The mother tells me, deadpan, "We got him so my daughter could take him to the Olympics."


                        • #13
                          This happened many years ago, but I still remember the buying trip from hell:

                          Go to look at a Swedish Warmblood filly, suposedly amatuer friendly. Before the days of the GPS, so we have directions. "Just a little past this town," owner says. Yes, one HOUR past the town, making it a three hour drive. Nice little barn, owner just got dumped by the husband, selling all her horses. Sad. Owner is clearly on some kind of heavy medication and is barely functional. Says maybe three words to us ... turns the filly out into the arena, ineffectually tries to chase her around. Tells my horse shopping buddy to go in and try it. Horse shopping buddy goes into the arena, filly turns on her in a fury and chases her out. Owner acts like nothing has happened. On to the next horse....which is in another part of the state entirely, and because we went so far out of the way, is another 4 hours of driving.

                          Seller says this one is an old campaigner, just has an old knee injury, but still suitable for lower level eventing. Selling him because she's in college, or something, I can't remember now. Finally get to the place, owner tries to pull the horse out of the stall, but it can't walk because it's knee is the size of a golfball and it can't really move. I am saying no even before she gets him out and we watch him painfully trot down the barn aisle.

                          Went home with an empty trailer that day!


                          • #14
                            I was offering a nice green part TB gelding for sale. Jumping 2'6" courses, 4 yrs old. Chestnut, blaze, with four high whites. A nice guy with lots of potential. Price was $10,000. Shopper phones me up and tells me she's looking for a grand prix prospect for her nine year old son. She says, "I know, it sounds crazy, but he's really that good". OK, he may be a very good rider for his age, but my horse is only four, and though he's very talented and has a ton of potential in any of a number of fields, I can't really say that he is or isn't a Grand Prix prospect at this point. I talked them out of coming to look. The kid is now winning at Spruce Meadows, should be almost out of Junior division now. I guess he really was that good, but I still can't sell any horse as a Grand Prix prospect when it is loping around a 2'6" course as a four year old. Had another shopper come out to look at this horse, a 13 yr old rider with her mom, no trainer. Kid got on horse, couldn't get him to canter. Told me that the horse was "too quiet". LOL loved that one. Horse is a superstar hunter/eq horse these days with a great ami rider.

                            I had a big TB gelding for sale. 4 yr old. 17.2 hands. Very sweet and quiet. Jumped around some courses, not shown over fences but lots of potential. Asking $12,000. Had a fella come out to look at him. Drove up in a Lincoln Navigator, new one. Got out. Fella was about 4'10" high, and weighed about 230. My eyebrows raised. I rode the horse for him, jumped a few jumps. He was interested. I suggested that his daughter or wife would perhaps like to come out and try the horse themselves. No. The horse was for himself. Oh. What was he wanting to use the horse FOR I enquired. Trail riding was the answer, and perhaps chasing some cows. Oh. I shuffled him off, and told him the next day that the horse was sold. My husband was livid, would have took his money and sold the guy the horse. I sold the horse a month or so later, to a nice big 6'4" ami hunter jumper foxhunting home, where he was much appreciated.


                            • #15
                              Last year I woke up around 7 am to see my phone had been ringing all morning and night before (I turn my ringer off), its my buddy (who also posts here). I call her and she tells me that she has someone coming out to look at her husbands horse Danny in a few hours and could I ride him for the potential buyer. I said sure, why not? Keep in mind the horse had not been ridden in over a year, I hadn't ridden in over a year but what the hay, I'm that idiot that says "sure why not" and ends up having to sit so deep my heels drag on the ground LOL!! I am also pleasantly and comfortably fatter in the pants than in my riding days.

                              So off we go, all good except the gal is a western gal. I don't know how to put on a western saddle and my pal who is a dressage gal sure doesn't either. The potential buyer says she will cinch up the saddle. Okay! The buyer makes some noise about "those people who cinch up their horses too tight" as I eyeball the cantle and estimate how much effort it will be to get my 39 year old chubby right leg over it.

                              I get on with a huge push and swing into this big huge saddle built for my pals 6'2" hubbie. I feel like I'm on a double decker bus with 6' long stirrups -- my feet can't even see that far much less reach that far.

                              Danny starts hopping around and the two others clear out. I am now realizing that my past pattern of being the idiot who says "sure why not" is continuing. I am sitting deep with no stirrups and a hopping/snorting fresh Danny mane to hold onto (those horns on those saddles scare me). Finally they help me get the stirrups up which takes until the following Tuesday as with western saddles you have to dismantle everything and the tree to adjust the stirrups? The buyer is talking worriedly about hyper/spooky horses.

                              Off we go finally! Danny is a good sweet man, even a little lazy. I am starting to feel less like a teetering fatty bus driver and more horse woman-ish so when we cantered (ahem, loped I guess) to the right I thought we should give a little gas and see what was under Dannys hood. Well, I put some of my well established weight in my outside stirrup and TADA!!!!!! The whole saddle and me just slipped right on over, depositing me in the sandy mud and the Big Rig square under Dannys round belly.

                              This is where we learn the buyer is not suitable as she freaked out convinced that Danny was going to explode and kill us all with that upside down saddle on. SO, me and my pal unhook pretty much everything on the big rig (which took until Saturday so we could have lunch at our favorite restaurant) and gave poor Danny cookies and kisses. He told me to lay off the cookies and meandered off to have a little pasture time.

                              I am still convinced that those western big rig saddles are dangerous. Danny was sold earlier this year to a fabulous new owner who loves him and trail rides. They get along fabulously as she is not a lard butt and also seems to know how to cinch up a big rig.


                              • #16
                                My favorite was when I went to look at a mare last summer.... really sketchy barn, horse had been turned out with other mares with foals, geldings, and a BULL, all in the same paddock. But I digress. Suuuper nice beautifully bred horse, even if she was 3 inches shorter than they advertised, very poorly trained, and obviously scared the sh** out of her "trainer". I ended up jumping her over 4'3", which the "agent" showing the horse videoed with her phone.... she said they had never jumped her high, and she wanted to show the breeder how well she did. Yeah, right.
                                I figured I should hurry, so the next morning I make an offer on the mare (much lower than asking price, which had been unrealistic for the condition of the horse and lack of training), which the owner accepted by the evening. Pre-purchase is set for the next week, because agent says that's the earliest she can do it.... but is sending sketchy vibes all over the place. I find out the reason for the sketchy vibes the next day- the agent had put the video of me jumping the mare on youtube, with the caption "jumping 4'3" with an AMATEUR riding her for the first time!", linked to her sales ad, with a price 5k higher than what it was. Holy Shit.
                                At that point I was livid, but if there was any chance of me getting the mare for the price they accepted, I wasn't going to push anything until she was in my trailer. So fast forward to the pre-purchase... I find out that since my offer was accepted, agent has shown her to 2 different people, and she not-so-subtly hinted that there was a dressage rider who reallly wanted her. GREAT. So mare goes through a very thorough pre-purchase with flying colors, but there was something slightly unusual about the breeding exam that I through in there for kicks, and the vet was suggesting that I might was to have her checked by a repro specialist just to be really thorough. I make some calls and find out that it would be a few days to get that appointment.... agent makes a very pointed comment about how other person is sooo interested, but that I must have spent a lot of money on the pre-purchase, so she GUESSES she can wait another few days before selling her to the other woman. WTH. At that point I write up a contract that I make her sign, with a deposit. I went to get her the next morning, holding my breath the whole way there, certain that I'd get to the barn and she'd be gone. Luckily she was there.... we signed the paperwork, and I got her the f*** out of there.
                                Most unprofessional encounter I've ever experienced.... luckily I can say, the mare was 100% worth it. Seriously.... best find ever.
                                High Quality Tack Resale


                                • #17
                                  Okay, I've got one. We ran an ad on a young colt, about six months old, basic info: For Sale: Half Arabian Half Quarter Horse colt, weanling, should be gelded, will mature about 15.2, probably suitable for hunter pleasure, lower level dressage, a nice pleasure horse. Gentle. Easy to catch, loads, leads, stands tied, good for farrier, vet, etc.

                                  I get a call and it is a good ole boy, you can tell from the questions. "I want a stud horse."

                                  The ad said he was a colt, but you'll need to have him gelded, he isn't stallion quality.

                                  "Oh, no ma'am, a man wants his personal ridin' horse to be a breedin' stud."

                                  * Headdesk * There are no words. Well, actually there were words. "Thanks for calling. By."


                                  • #18
                                    Some people bought a gentle, older QH and the entire extended family came to get him with a very small, old 2H straight load, which they parked square in the middle of the only way in or out of the property. Horse took one look at the itty bitty trailer and declined to set foot on it. Kind words were employed. Horse refused to move.

                                    So, the leader directed her group to think good thoughts for loading and request divine intercession in The Loading of The Horse. After watching seven humans and one (grazing) horse block my egress home for quite a long time, I was moved to go get my easy loading horse, load him on their trailer, load the horse they bought, unload my horse, and wish them all a happy (and speedy) departure.

                                    I really can't argue with their methods since, well, it worked...


                                    • #19
                                      Oh, the horse buying adventures....

                                      I was able to buy Buttercups from a dude ranch because he wasn't at all suitable for weekend riders (but what a blast he was for me!) Anyway, about a year or so later I ran into the seller in town and he really put the pressure on me to come buy this great reg. QH he had. On and on he went about how great this gelding was. Well, I wondered, because why the push to sell him? This man considered himself the best trainer in the land, but strangely he said he was moving the business, and didn't want to take this horse with them. All the other horses were going to make the move. I blew it off, but much later, like months, he was still pestering me to come see this guy.
                                      So, I had a few hours to spare, it was close. Went to the ranch. The man wasn't there, but his wife was, and she was surprised to see me.......
                                      Holey moley, this poor horse was a wreck. Skinny, feet all cracked and split, but worst of all, he had this huge festering infected gash in a hind cannon, untreated, just a mess. The wife told me the horse was nuts, had thrown everyone who tried to trail ride him. At a creek, the horse threw a gal so badly she was hospitalized.
                                      Needless to say, I never want to see or speak to this man again - why on earth would he want me to have that thing???????? And for "what I paid for him", to boot. Jeesh!

                                      Then there was the one that sounded great in the ad and when I talked to the woman on the phone. I told her I wanted a horse I could jump or event. I was going to go see him the next day, and when I called then to tell them when I'd be there, the daughter answered the phone. Mom wasn't there. Well! Good thing - the girl told me this horse had fractured a hind leg a few years ago, and had steel pins in the bone. Pass.

                                      Lesson learned! Always try to talk to another person about a prospective buy. You will get the candid and complete story, the details the seller is not inclined to reveal. There are plenty of more stories to tell, but I'm sure none of us here have several years to spend telling all of them!


                                      • #20
                                        I've only shopped for one horse but here are my stories;

                                        1. By chance (went to see another horse not this one) I got to see a gorgeous, meaty, well conformed, TB that was a pony horse. Have you ever met a horse that you just wanted to grab mane and swing a leg over? That was this guy. I was in love. He had an old cold bow that didn't rupture the tendon sheath. While I was arranging the PPE the seller changed his mind. I was heart broken. About 8 months later the seller changed his mind back and I ran out to see this guy. Sigh: he was racing fit (read skinny) and the bow was a banana on his leg. He was never rested. I could afford one horse so I had to pass because I couldn't have the worst case; rest him for a year and still have a less-than sound horse for dressage. It broke my heart.

                                        2. Went to see a pretty paint a guy bought to learn to ride on. So he had some issues; behind the leg, balking. I go out there (about 3 hours) and he's show sheened to heck. He's supposed to be 9 but has about 1 1/2 inches of Galvaynes groove. He's also not sound more than likely because his feet had overgrown his shoes. The seller claimed that he'd missed one trim because I said I preferred barefoot. He had ballet toes.

                                        3. Talked to a broker early in my horse shopping and really appreciated how much time he took to talk to me even when it was clear at that time I was tire kicking. I learned alot from him about his set up, how to look at horses -heck he even looked at some video of prospects I was looking at. Fast forward, a woman is selling a big red perch cross. When I call her she says she's already sold him to a broker. It turned out to be my broker! I called him, dropped everything and drove 2 hours to his farm to meet and test ride this horse. Took video because I couldn't take my trainer at the last minute. He took my offer contingent on trainer approval (12 hours) and PPE. http://www.flickr.com/photos/52967336@N00/6407072341/

                                        He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).