Originally Posted by sillybunny11486
The seller pays the commission for their trainer to advertise and sell the horse. You pay the fee for your trainer to find you a horse. Your trainer has no contract with the seller so they are in no way obligated to pay her anything.
Exactly what sillybunny said. Often when a trainer works with another trainer they get a price with a commission (10% is usually standard) already in the price. There is a trainer coming out to our barn this weekend to look at a horse we have for sale. I told her, the horse is $10,000, with a commission built in. Her client will pay the $10,000 and a portion of that will go to her trainer for helping her find the horse. The seller of the horse would receive $10,000, but a portion of that would go to her trainer for helping her sell it.
Every once in a while we'll look at a horse that doesn't have the commission built in. I'll inform them ahead of time so they can add in an extra 10% on top of the price.