Anyone who has ever advertised anything for sale will appreciate this. There are always the responses that come that make you want to shake your head and go WTF???
Well my friend Deb came upon an add on Kijiji ,that hits the nail on the head. I would so love to have this as part of my adds on horses for sale! Edited out a few details, but here is the gist;
"Please no tire kickers, I am a pre-menopausal woman and may just kick you back. ;)
FREE BARN KITTY WITH PURCHASE!
Open to reasonable offers, (remember I am pre-menopausal). No, I don't want any goats or chickens or used pallets or your brother-in-law who sleeps on your couch (unless he's cute and can fence)."
This gal is brilliant!
I have listed Harley, Tango, Maks and Jewels for sale, and so far the response have all been good,but I have seen some dandies over the years! So much so that I once had an email responding to an add, asking if I would take payments. Now this individual had not corresponded with me yet, and or seen the horse in question so I was pretty cavalier in my response. I said something along the lines of "yeah sure you can make payments, and when you make enough of them , you can have the horse"
Imaging my shock when I got a reply detailing and exact payment plan and no less than a week later received a substantial deposit! Oops! nearly blew that one !
Of course there are always the ones from my "long lost Nigerian royalty relatives" who just want my bank account details so that they can deposit double what I am asking , if I just pay the shipping and send them the change! Asking of course if the "item " is in good condition!Item?? its a horse! try please if you are going to scam me to actually assume I am not a complete moron!!!
The things I would add to the above cautions on an add would be,
Yes, I will take payments
Yes, you may come here to see the horse more than once if you need to , however, I do not run a park/bed and breakfast/ petting zoo. You need to call first and schedule your visit , and allowing your children and pets to run wild all over my farm is NOT ENDEARING
no, you cannot keep the horse here indefinitely, and certainly not for free
no, I don't have video of a weanling under saddle !!!!
Yes if the horse is purebred it is registered and the papers will be transferred to you upon purchase. NO I WILL NOT DROP THE PRICE AND KEEP THE PAPERS!!! its against the law
No I will not haul the horse to the destination of your choosing in -30 C so you can look at him/her and then haul back while you think about it
Yes, I am asking for real money and a considerable amount for my horses,and yes you can get a colt for $50 at auction, but that colt has not necessarily been carefully bred , well cared for and handled and fed. And yes, I believe my colt/filly is worth more because of that, my time is not free.
Of course I don't put that in my adds, and I generally bite my tongue and try to be reasonable with folks, but oh my ,if they could hear what I am thinking !!! LOL
Anyhow this years adds are up and out there, in the end I am usually pretty successful, finding some really great folks out there who take the horses I raise and do great things. And those folks are why I do what I do .
Rant over , stay safe friends!
Welcome to Fern Valley
Here in central Alberta prime farm country,my husband Martin and I work together raising beef cattle and Appaloosa horses. Fern valley appaloosas have long been known for their quality of temperament conformation and color.I have recently rediscovered a love of writing and have published 2 collections of poetry. "Telling Tails" and Tails Trails and Campfire stories" . I look forward to a future spreading my wings as an author and as a horse woman .