As some of you know, I'm in the process of buying my first 'grown up' horse, not bad seeing as I am top side of 50, this will be the first time I've purchased a horse for competition rather just as a trail buddy, and is my most expensive contemplated purchase. It is also the first time that I have been considering having a horse on trial.
I went to see the horse yesterday, and loved him from looking at him and handling him from the ground. Unfortunately where he is currently kept there is no good place try him out, and due to weather conditions recently the place was kind of a sheet of ice.
The owners were aware before I went to see him that he was above my budget, but were saying that they are more interested in getting him a good home. When we were talking cash yesterday, they were still higher than I would like, BUT if the horse rides well then he is probably worth it, it depends on how green and how comfortable he is, and importantly for me how safe I feel on him.
SO, I can see that the price I feel he is worth may change if is here on trial, could be worth more or less than my current offer. Should we agree a price before the trial, I can see how the current owner would want the security of an agreed price, but because of their current lack of facilities, it is quite difficult.
Oh, here he is
Sweet isn't he