Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
A trial period will always be a great way to discover anything missed in buying a horse but, truthfully, most sellers will not permit it. I certainly wouldn't. I will allow a buyer to come a few times and try my horse but I have no idea what happens when that horse leaves my possession.
In another post, a member was talking about letting her horse go out on a lease. The lease was ironclad, spelling out all contingencies; the woman was checked out, the facility was good, the BO at the facility was good, yet one week after the horse left, the lessee called to say that she was having money problems and that the owner needed to come pick up the horse even thought the lease said 30 days notice was required and it was the lessee's responsibility to return the horse.
You also need to consider the selling price. If you are spending several thousand dollars, a trial may be in order. With good horses selling for under $1,000, and many in the $500 range, a seller is less apt to allow a trial period. It doesn't hurt to ask but don't expect it to be a welcome alternative.
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