View Full Version : Received a weird request from advert. What do you think?
14th October 2009, 06:08 AM
Last year when I was pregnant I advertised for a rider for my horse on a horse loan website.
Anyway I've asked them a couple of times to take the advert down as between me and a friend he is ridden and schooled 5x a week which is enough.
They still haven't taken the advert down, and yesterday I got an email from someone in Manchester (60 miles away from me) saying they wanted to hack out in my area, liked my horse and would either pay me £10 to hack out as a one-off or do a free photoshoot for my horse (apparantly they were a photographer).
This just sounds really odd to me, as they also said they wanted to hack out alone, how many people would want to go out on a not novice ride in an area they don't know on their own?
I did wonder if there'd be a horsebox waiting round the corner for him......:confused:
Has anyone else heard of anything like this?
14th October 2009, 07:50 AM
It does sound very odd to me. There are plenty of places that will organise a hack or hire out horses if they wanted to hack out as a one-off.
I'd be inclined to steer clear, it sounds way too risky to just hand over your horse to a stranger, whose riding you don't know, who presumably doesn't know the area so how would they know where to ride - sounds to me like there might well be a horsebox waiting around the corner!
14th October 2009, 07:56 AM
That seems almost too stupid to be a scam.
Why would you want a "photoshoot" as opposed to "proof of qualification"?
14th October 2009, 09:28 AM
sounds creepy to me - defo tell them thanks but no thanks!
14th October 2009, 09:30 AM
Hmmmm dont like the sounds of it, Id take Lorraine advise!
14th October 2009, 09:40 AM
I did email them to say I wasn't interested as I now have a regular rider and am back to riding myself and have just got this reply about 10 minutes ago:
'I am an experienced rider and want to ride a horse on the beach, the photoshoot I am offering would usually be charged at £200 so you are missing a good opportunity here, so please think carefully before you say no'
Well this makes me think even more so that they're not coming anywhere near my horse, I'm not even going to reply to this email. At best they are being very pushy, and at worst very dodgy.
14th October 2009, 09:42 AM
I would be suspicious, very suspiscious if you want to hack out in this area there is loads of trekking centers just out of lancaster gay pay them for a ride,
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14th October 2009, 01:52 PM
Very odd! get on to the website and make sure they take your add down.
14th October 2009, 02:11 PM
Certainly sounds iffy to me. Even if not, I wouldn't let anyone take my horse out alone as a first time one-off - you'd want to see them ride, make sure they were safe, make sure they didn't get lost etc.......
14th October 2009, 04:27 PM
That's pretty strange!
After reading the second email, I would be more inclined to think it was not so much a scam as a fantasist! Like Lorraine said, if they want a beach ride then plenty trekking centres will arrange it for them. To me it sounds like a young person or a naieve non horsey person who had had a couple of lessons but no real idea of how the horse world operates and that people don't generally hire their precious ponies out to people they don't know!
Definitely a 'don't go near with a telegraph pole' kind of offer though, lol!
14th October 2009, 05:08 PM
The second email just screams DODGY!! Like you said, that is really pushy. Definately something odd going on there.
15th October 2009, 03:39 PM
I think i'd be inclined to tell them you've sold the horse now & that the advert wasnt supposed to be up anymore if you hadnt already replied... deffo steer clear though, whatever their motives, they dont sound like the sort of person to trust with your horse. Think i would be inclined to let the place where the advert is know about the emails too incase they want to put up some kind of warning about it, for all you know its happening to lots of people advertising on there?
15th October 2009, 03:45 PM
sounds very dodgy!!!
23rd October 2009, 02:27 PM
What the hell?! What a weirdo. Even if they *were* for real, who'd say something like that once they'd received a 'no' reply?
23rd October 2009, 07:16 PM
That sounds really weird.
I guess maybe they've got friends living nearby and are looking for something to hack with them? Because schools won't do that.
Either way I wouldn't do it - that's a really odd request, and just sounds a bit scary!
23rd October 2009, 08:18 PM
Before the 2nd email I was thinking it didn't sound TOO dodgy. I mean obviously (if I was still looking for a rider) I would not allow them to hack out alone until I was sure they were OK. But I might give them a chance.
After the 2nd email, NO WAY! I detest pushiness, and it could be worse than mere pushiness anyway.
23rd October 2009, 09:07 PM
Well I haven't heard anything else, hopefully they've got the message.
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