> ok here it is....I have a waiting list of people wanting to buy
>horses..mostly gaited or begininers horses(unlike most beginnner horse
>buyers these folks actually will spend more than $1000 <G>)
> I have people who have good horses at fair prices but it invarible
>comes down to "have you seen the horse Tamara?" and my life causes me
>to answer no...
> but I (like Custer) have a plan<G>
> what do you guys think of a sale that had no auction ...sort of a FSBO
>exibition and sale....I collect fees for providing the place...
>screening the horses....and providing entertainment(band or something)
> I think that I can combine clients and ffriends into something workable
>at least twice a year...but what do you guys think???
> (leave out the legal stuff....I got Joe on retainer for that<G>)
> Tamara in Tn
It is wild that you thought of this. The very same thing crossed my
mind just this weekend.
Several members of our family are looking for horses in the
S.California area. There are tons of horses in S.Cal - and many
unfortunately end up at the meat market auctions when the owners have
been unable to sell them. Hence the many auctions here.
However, even with that in mind we have had a really hard time trying
to actually view horses. Of course by the time one sees the ad and
calls, some have been sold. Others were just not suitable. However the
largest number of which I found on various sites for sale on the
internet, and wrote emails, only one person out of maybe the 10 emails
I sent, bothered to write back. I discovered that many of these ads
stay there for a long time even though the horse was long ago sold.
This all seems like such a waste of time for the buyer. We also live
up in the high desert area so many are not within a quick driving
distance. So the thought occurred to me that wouldn't it be great to
have, say once a month, in a centrally located area of S.Cal. a place
where owners could bring horses for sale so buyers could view them all
in one place. Rather like the car buyers do each Sunday in many areas.
For those who live miles from anywhere, it sure would be a help, and
surely would allow many more to actually see a horse when they might
overlook it in an ad.
I wonder has this actually been done anywhere.
Re the auctions, most of the time you don't know the history of the
horse and while it is possible that many wonderful horses end up being
killed for their meat, it might also happen if you do purchase one,
it, being an unknown quantity, might end up being far from the animal
you had in mind and could prove a dangerous situation. There are many
dealers in S.Cal who do buy horses from the meat market auctions, take
them home, ride them and see when they can do, fatten them up and
resell them. However the short time they are with the dealers in no
way tells the possible buyer of some possible problem - mental or
physical, which the horse might have.
However, I think my(and Tamara's) idea of a Sunday Horse Swap Meet is
a good idea for the seller and buyer. Pity she and I are so far away
or we could maybe put such a thing together.