(Revised) Help Me, to Help You

In the light of further evidence, I’ve revised this piece and added some recent experiences. It’s a bit tongue and cheek, but there’s truth behind each thing I’ve listed.

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.

Selling horses can be frustrating

When searching for a horse to purchase and possibly considering a horse from Little Kentucky, keep the following in mind:

New) I don’t care if your 12 year old daughter has been jumping for a year and is a talented rider. I’m not going to put a 75 lb. child on a 17.3 hand 3 year old Thoroughbred.

New) If your child cannot ride like Alec Ramsey or Velvet Brown, DO NOT call me to inquire about a horse. If you don’t know either of those names, DEFINITELY DO NOT call me.

New) You cannot impress me by name dropping. . . . unless their names are Gary Stevens, Calvin Boral, or William Fox-Pitt.

New) I always reserve the right to not do business with someone. First impressions mean everything. If I’m not impressed the first time you have contact with me, we will continue to stay as strangers.

New) If you make an appointment to come look at a horse, I’m going to hold your feet to the fire. If you’re a true horseman, you’ll not cancel due to chance of rain or that the hotel cost for a over night are too expensive. If you can’t afford a night in a hotel, then you can’t afford to buy a horse – any horse.

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!


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