Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
My opinion, for what it's worth:
*please bear with me, this is me typing on a caffiene/sugar rush - stupid Pumpkin Spice Lattes...
I understand the no-trial thing, I really do. As a single-horse owner, I don't want the horse to go missing without full payment; she doesn't know you from Joe the Horse Stealer down the road.
However, there is a professional way of dealing with it, and to me the email she sent was not professional.
When I was selling Maia, I collected full payment and allowed her to be transported to the new owner's property. The new owners were to get a vet check within a week, and if Maia failed the vet check I would take her back. I told them to do whatever tests they wanted as I had nothing to hide, as long as they were covering the bill, I wouldn't care less. Anyways, during that week they were able to test drive her as well. I stipulated very clearly in the contract that if she was hurt in their care, she was to be considered sold.
When I bought Denny, he came with a 30 day moneyback guarantee.. but the lady was a big time racehorse owner, and could take that chance no problem.
I can see both sides, so you have to go with your gut on this issue. If you are seriously interested in this horse, get a vetcheck. Get the vet to do a drug test if you're worried - better safe than sorry! I have bought a drugged horse once, and it wasn't fun to deal with.
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