The point of
this story is TRUST BUT VERIFY. Wilbur had made
a few mistakes through this transaction. He thought
with his heart and NOT with his head. He assumed
Ladron was the owner of the horse. Had Wilbur been
more diligent in the buying process, he might not be out all that money. Live and
learn, I guess.
We all know that hind sight is
20/20 but in light of what happened to Wilbur, it would
behoove all of us to be more diligent when conducting
business in Costa Rica.
Whether you are buying a horse
or anything of value, here are a few tips that will keep you
out of trouble:
Make sure you know who the
Negotiate directly with the owner, not a
Pay the owner
directly in cash or electronic transfer
Make sure you receive a signed Bill of Sale
from the owner and not a third party agent
Wilbur is a hell of a lot
smarter now and (in this writer's opinion) won't make this
same mistake again.
In the end, it really does not matter whether or not you are buying a horse,
a guitar or a valuable painting,
the rules are all the same. Assume the other person is
out to screw you. Do your research, get references
and then you will be much better prepared.