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!