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The Fugly Horse of the Day blog has a posting about a a $58,000 sterile Gypsy Vanner stallion for sale.

This sterile stallion story has already received 191 comments! It seems to have drawn enough interest from horse people that most commented on the story.

Seems a man bought a breeding stallion that he feels is sterile and he blames the people that sold him the horse. Most of the people commenting think that, “buyer beware” is the name of the game and that the new stallion owner made a bad business mistake.

The stallion is, Arkan and you can read about him here: Arkan – A Sterile Gypsy Stallion – How to Sell A STERILE Gypsy Stallion (sorry that page is gone now).

Isn’t a shame that most people feel, especially when dealing with people selling horses, that they have to constantly watch their back or they will be taken advantage of. Do you always feel this way when you look for a horse to buy?

Make sure that this is in the contact, make sure that is included too. Have your lawyer look it over. Get a vet check. Have the horse tested for this and don’t forget that, and what about this other thing? Could the horse be drugged? What about dyed – is his really that color? Is her mane bleached? Is she really worth this much? I’m I a fool? What about future earnings? Am I doing this based on good business principles? Or have I just been enchanted and made googlly-eyed by some flashy show shine and a fast talking polished marketer? A good looking spotted pony with fuzzy feet gets my heart to beating fast.

Makes you want to go out an Adopt a rescued horse – or maybe not. I am sure you heard about the mess Ellen DeGeneres is in because she didn’t read the fine print of the adoption contact.

Ellen DeGeneres in Doghouse over Pet Adoption – The talk show host barked up the wrong tree by giving away a Brussels Griffon.

One positive thought: If there were more sterile stallions we wouldn’t have so many horses going to slaughter.

For more reading on integrity or the lack of in the horse industry you might like to check out this MiKael’s Mania – Arabian Horses blog: Integrity in the Horse Business

I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
– Abraham Lincoln

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.
– William Shakespeare

Character is doing the right thing when nobody’s looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that’s right is to get by, and the only thing that’s wrong is to get caught.
– J.C. Watts

If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don’t have integrity, nothing else matters.
– Alan Simpson

Don’t try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough.
– Arthur Freed

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
– Will Rogers

Well, what are your thoughts about business integrity in the horse industry? Is it really worst than other industries? Have you been had any bad experiences when dealing with horse business people? Don’t be shy, leave a comment. Thanks!


  1. I think that integrity is very important no matter what business you are in. I tell people everything about a horse before they buy from me, the good and the bad. I want them to know that if there are going to be any surprises they will be surprises to both of us. I believe that such business practices will set me apart and even bring me more business.

    I also understand that my attitude about this is not the norm for the industry. For too long, buyer beware has been the name of the game. And yet those same people who employ such tactics are right there whining about the decline in the market. What kind of effect do you think those negative tactics have had on the market? I, for one, know a number a people who have had a bad experience and so have given up horses altogether.

  2. Always treat others how you would like to be treated. That being said, a horse is a living and breathing animal – so its a dynamic creature subject to possible changes to its health, and injuries. Get a reputable vet to do your check, and hope things come back good.

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