Etiquette When Looking at Horses For Sale


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Did you know that when looking at horses for sale, there are things you can do that will help keep you on the seller’s list of preferred potential buyers? There’s an unspoken etiquette when looking at a horse for sale, and if you’re unknowingly breaking it, you could be wrecking your chances at buying a particular horse. When you’re looking at buying a horse, keep these unspoken rules in mind.

Read the Ad Carefully

Sellers list particular information in their advertisements for a reason. If a seller has advertised a horse as being for advanced riders only, do not approach that seller if you have just begun to ride. If a seller states that a horse cannot be used for jumping in his future home, then do not inquire on whether that horse would be a suitable eventing prospect. Fielding these types of questions, when the information is clearly stated in the advertisement, is frustrating to sellers. It is a waste of their time and gives them the impression that you are not a serious buyer. They may not respond to you at all if you haven’t taken the time to carefully read the sale ad.

Only Call About Horses You Are Seriously Interested In

Selling a horse is a time-consuming process. Don’t waste a seller’s time by calling or emailing them if you’re not seriously interested in buying the horse they have advertised.

Ask Questions Ahead of Time

Test riding horses for sale can be fun, but it also takes up the seller’s time, so you need to be responsible and find out if the horse could be a good match before you request a test ride. Come up with a list of questions and have a discussion with the seller to get answers to all of the information that could affect your interest in the horse. Only once you know the horse is a potential match should you request to come see the horse.

Ask Questions Ahead of Time

Test riding horses for sale can be fun, but it also takes up the seller’s time, so you need to be responsible and find out if the horse could be a good match before you request a test ride. Come up with a list of questions and have a discussion with the seller to get answers to all of the information that could affect your interest in the horse. Only once you know the horse is a potential match should you request to come see the horse.

Make Offers, But Within Reason

It may be tempting to look at horses out of your price range in the hopes that you can talk a seller down, but only do so within reason. Offering a price for a horse that is significantly less than what the seller is asking for him means that it is highly unlikely that the seller will accept. Doing this can also be insulting to the seller. Even if you think that the horse is worth much less than the seller’s asking cost, remember that everyone values their own horses highly. The seller may feel that he or she is justified in their asking cost, and your low offer may seem absurd to them.

When looking at horses for sale, be respectful of a seller’s time and the work that goes into selling a horse.

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