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Try before you buy
I was listening to You & Yours on Radio 4 at lunchtime, as we usually do, just because it's on and today they had an item about people having problems with buying horses that weren't delivered as promised or turned out to be older than advertised. But who on earth buys a horse unseen??? I kept horses for over 20 years and would never have dreamed of buying one without taking a more expert friend with me, seeing it in the flesh, seeing it handled and ridden and trying it for myself. I would never have just relied on a video on the web (assuming such things had existed back then).

Some people do ask for trouble.
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lab_jazz From: lab_jazz Date: August 6th, 2018 01:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some people do ask for trouble.

They do indeed

People over keep getting warned about scammers selling 'pedigree' puppies on-line from the other side of the country. They pay the money for the dog and the transport, then end up with a mongrel or no dog at all.

You would have to be mad to buy any animal sight unseen
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 6th, 2018 04:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
It makes a little more sense with a puppy, I suppose, but most of those adverts in the UK are either scams or selling puppies from puppy farms where the dogs are kept in appalling conditions.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: August 6th, 2018 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes - that one's a bit mind-boggling... Quite apart from the possibility of being sold something dangerous or lame, how on earth to do you know if you're likely to get on with the horse without riding it? Even trying a horse once or twice, you hardly get to know it well.

Out of the five horses I owned at various times, two turned out to be too much for me. When I sold them on, I told the people trying them that they could come out and ride as often as they wanted before they made up their mind.

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 6th, 2018 04:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
Exactly! A horse isn't a machine, even if you assume that it's healthy and sound, each one has a unique personality and I'd always want to know whether we were likely to get on with one another.
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