I'm in California and am looking to buy a nice Hunter/Jumper (in the $20K range). Many of the horses I see for sale are not local to me - thus I would like to know what the etiquette is in these situations....
What I've been thinking is this:
- Contact the seller with tons of questions
- If I like the answers, have the video of the horse analyzed by my trainer to see if the value is correct - then provide the seller my approximate price range to see if we're in the the same range
- Make sure the seller is willing to give me the horse on trail AT MY LOCATION - I would prefer one month (is this too much? As it's enough time for any drugs to wear out of the horse's system - I have previously purchased a horse who got injections I didn't know about and passed vet check with a perm injury)
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ABOVE:
- If I have my trainer analyze the video, am I automatically now contracted with her to give her a commission on the sale??? Does anyone know any trainers who are willing to give independent video analysis for a fee without this obligation? CA State law says commissions cannot be over $500 per sale, but I'm finding trainers are just denying my offer vs. obeying law and selling to a less informed seller who will pay the 10% asking commission.
- Would it be CRAZY to just have the horse brought to me without trying it?? I'm thinking about finding local trainers and paying them to go try the horse for me - as in some cases it is more cost effective to do that and then trailer the horse to me and trailer it back in a month if it doesn't work out -- then fly/drive out there for a week and try the horse. Is that nuts - standard, etc?
- Any other suggestions I should ask for when looking to buy?
ANY trainers viewing this willing to look at videos and give input????
Thanks all. Horse buying is a FULL time job. UGH.