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    08-24-2012, 02:17 PM
Trial a new horse..what is your experience

Whether buying or selling a horse...what is your feeling about a trial?
How long, where, deposit? Just curious about what other people think on this subject
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    08-24-2012, 02:27 PM
I like them personally. I think a month is a good time frame to see if you click and can work together. I would make so you can randomly stop by to see the horse whenever you want. And there would be a deposit if not full amount paid before he went to trail.

I would have a contract that was written stating that the horse can not be sold while on trail period of 30 days starting from this date enless buyer decides to buy horse.
    08-24-2012, 02:29 PM
Green Broke
We did a trial with Josie...i think its a good idea. Then at least youll know what your getting into, pllus if you're the seller you can see how they fit together...and make sure they actually know the front end from the back end of a horse. Jmo
    08-24-2012, 02:35 PM
I'm more than happy to allow someone to come out and ride the horse multiple times, however I won't let the horse off the property I keep it on without a) a very significant deposit (preferably at least 1/2 the purchase price), b) reassurance from my insurance company that any issues are covered, and c) seeing the property the horse will be on for the trial and making sure the person is as experienced as they claim and/or has a very respected instructor coach that will be overseeing the trial. I've known too many people that have ended up with a horse coming back with either training, behavioral, or physical issues. I have had personal experience with some of those issues and I'm very leery of horses going out on trial now. If the person who is coming to look at the horse is nearby, I'd prefer they simply come out to where I currently keep the horse several times to try it.

For the most part when I personally go look at a horse I pretty much can tell in the first visit if the horse is what I'm looking for or not. If I'm not sure, I likely will keep searching. If I still don't find anything better, I might go back and take a second look.
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    08-24-2012, 03:31 PM
Originally Posted by Roperchick    
We did a trial with Josie...i think its a good idea. Then at least youll know what your getting into, pllus if you're the seller you can see how they fit together...and make sure they actually know the front end from the back end of a horse. Jmo
Yep, I had 1 owner bring the horse to our barn. She had her kids ride him there but she wanted to see where he was going to stay. As the buyer, I was basically interviewing to buy "her" horse. It didn't bother me at all. I also took a horse to our barn for a 1 month trial, no deposit..but I paid for all expenses while she was there. I trialed 2 horses for 6 weeks with the owners trainer and took lessons there. That was with a deposit and I paid for board during that time. I bought a horse without a trial of any kind..just trusted my gut on that was risky when I look back but turned out fine!
Strange..I understand,,not sure I would let mine go off the property either as a seller...
    08-24-2012, 03:51 PM
I have no problem people coming to try my horses,.numerous times if need be, but you would be crazy to think I would let them leave my property without being paid for. Been screwed over enough, thank you. I don't need to be tracking my horse down or having a horse come back lame.
Leasing I would do, but they would need to be insured for sure.
    08-24-2012, 03:55 PM
Because I'm lazy I'll just C&P my comment on a another thread

Just a view from the other side of the fence:

While this is a great idea in theory, and from a buyers point of view is an excellent idea, as someone who has sold a lot of horses this year...

SORRY, there is no way I would let one go on trial. You can come here and ride as often as you like, but I would want a deposit if you are coming lots, you can vet him here, I will provide you with a list of vets in my area and tell you my relationship with all of them, but when a horse leaves here it is sold, and you have paid me IN CASH.

As a seller I was a little shocked by some of the the things that I saw and heard during the whole process, and I know for sure that there are people who could screw up a perfectly good horse in a very short time, so no, I'm not going to do you a trial period.....

Just saying....
    08-24-2012, 04:09 PM
Green Broke
Okay...let me amend my earlier statement becuase I dindnt really explain it the way I wanted to.

When we did our trial with Josie, I went to the ranch 6-8 times to ride her. We took my vet and farrier out there 2ce to make sure.

We did take her off the ranch once , and took her to a show we were going to...didnt ride her there simply kept her at the trailer and walked her around on a halter to see how she dealt with the hustle n chaos of it.

When I sell horses (when I actually have horses to sell)

The horse will stay at my ranch, theyll need to come test ride a couple times, have their own vet out, and the only way they will take the horse off the property for a trial is if theyre taking them to a show for a day or a trail ride whatever. But that horse will be back on my property by the end of the day.

I've seen first hand what happens when you loan a horse out, even for something like a summer clinic for children, and it was my own horses....i don't even want to think about the kind of crap people could pull with a horse that's for sale...
    08-24-2012, 05:08 PM
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I will not allow anyone but someone I know really well, take a horse on trial. They can come and ride as many times as they like but not remove the horse from the premises.

If I have a horse for sale and two people want to purchase it then the one that makes up their mind the fastest gets the deal.
    08-24-2012, 06:38 PM
I've only bought, never sold, so that's the perspective my opinion is from When I bought my horse, every trainer at my barn told me NEVER to buy a horse without a trial, and I'm glad I took their advice.

I took one horse home on trial who turned out to be INSANE once she got away from her owner- was too dangerous to complete a vet check, stall cleaners wouldn't go in her stall, she wouldn't pick up any of her feet, etc. She was going to need to be sent to a trainer before she would be safe for me to handle. She went back to the seller instead, who refused to give me my whole deposit back (even though the contract specifically said it was 100% refundable), but it wasn't worth taking to court...

The horse I ended up buying I got from a trainer/breeder recommended to my trainer by a show judge who has used him for years. Instead of a trial, I bought the horse outright with a 30-day return policy (and this one was upfront about keeping some of the purchase price for delivery/pickup if it didn't work out). I wouldn't have accepted the terms of all money up front if he didn't have a long-term business relationship with someone my trainer knew well. The horse was definitely a keeper, though

If I were to sell a horse, I'd definitely require a deposit for a trial period, but I'd probably push for the return policy instead if the buyer wasn't very local. I'd also want the buyer to visit the horse multiple times before taking him anywhere.

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