Selling horses is constantly evolving mostly due to technology such as the internet. It can make things easier and it can certainly make things harder for the seller and the buyer. Lately, I’ve had some interesting experiences and thought if I wrote about it, it could help everyone involved.
I’m not politically correct and I am very black and white with people, especially when it comes to my horses. I have to be, because it saves valuable time and money in the long run. When searching for a horse to purchase and possibly considering a horse from Little Kentucky, keep the following in mind:
1) Read sale ads carefully and have an understanding of what the terminology in the ad means. For example, if it’s a 2 year old Thoroughbred taken off the track and is described as a ‘prospect’, it is a good bet the horse has never jumped a 3′ oxer. So don’t ask how high the horse can jump.
2) If the ad says “FOR SALE”, don’t ask if the horse can be leased or if there could be a trade.
3) When inquiring, do NOT text the phone number of the seller unless instructed otherwise. It is a lazy approach, rude and a first-class ticket of getting deleted.
4) Don’t contact the seller unless you are a serious buyer and is prepared to make an appointment to come see the horse in person.
5) Never make a dollar offer on a horse you have never seen in person.
6) If the price says $20K on a horse, it is safe to assume that the seller wants full asking price or might lower the price by a few numbers. Don’t make an insulting offer. Here at LKF, it isn’t an episode of Antique Archaeology. We don’t haggle, barter or trade.
7) Do your homework on the seller.
8) Always bring your trainer on the 1st visit. Be dressed to ride.
9) Don’t ask for personalized videos made to order. This isn’t McDonald’s.
10) Little Kentucky Farm is not a Thoroughbred rescue.
11) Stop referring to Thoroughbreds as OTTB. They are Thoroughbreds. OTTB is not a breed. Not all Thoroughbreds are ex-racehorses.
12) Just because it is a Thoroughbred, don’t assume it should be sold for bargain basement prices.
13) No I don’t have an accent and my horses at LKF are usually American Thoroughbreds. If you’re easily swayed by an accent, fancy warmblood names with astronomical prices for an import – Don’t call us.
14) If you love Thoroughbreds, have read the sale ads carefully and want to call the farm, we welcome your calls and will work hard to find the right horse for you.
Sermon is over . . . GO Thoroughbred!