Called another seller on Friday. Found yet another person who couldn’t be bothered to talk to me. I do not understand the business model that allows people to reject possible customers so quickly.
In her defense, we got off wrong-footed and she decided that her stock was too high-end for me. She might be right. In the Southeastern US, hunter/jumper horses seem to be expensive. There is not as much of it, so there is not the range of talent, training, and expense as in the Mid-Atlantic.
In addition, the Southeast is amazingly trainer driven. Buying a horse on my own is like trying to sell a novel without an agent. In MD/VA people worked with trainers, but also worked on their own. Some old coot with a few horses out back might be clueless, might be a retired MFH.
For those of you who have lived and ridden (or shown dogs or knitted (knat?)) in different places, how has the attitude toward independent operators varied?
Horse Shopping posts.