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post #1 of 12 Old 05-05-2009, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
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Trial or no trial?

Im selling my quarter horse gelding and was asked if we'd be open for a trial. I'm selling him for 1000. I want to say yes so his new owner will know if he's a good match, but for a 1000 it seems kind of silly. Not to mention, he's not insured so what happens if something happens to him? Or what if he colics, or just anything. Who would be held responsible? And what would happen to the contract if he's injured or killed while at the trial.

I did say I might be open to it if I was paid in full, but now that I've been thinking about it, i'm unsure.

Has anyone had a trial on a horse that was around 1,000? If so, how long was the trial?
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-05-2009, 11:10 PM
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I took a TB for $1500 on trial. Turned out he had an old fracture and was taken back to the prior owner.

Took two mares on fracture and one had some reproductive problems that would require mild surgery. It was $1200 for the two horses and I didn't feel like paying for the vet bills so they went back also.

I've never been on the other side of it though.
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-06-2009, 12:23 AM
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You might offer to hold their payment for a week or 2 after they take the horse home and if they don't get along with him, they can bring him back and get their money back. You may have to do a contract that states anything that happens to him after they pick him up is their responsibility. IDK

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post #4 of 12 Old 05-06-2009, 12:30 PM
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I'm always very hesitant to allow a horse on trial and very rarely allow it unless I know the buyer or the trainer of the buyer. I let them know that they are welcome to come try the horse at my barn as often as they'd like and welcome to pull blood for a drug test if they wish.

I also never ever allow for a trial unless I was given some sort of payment and on top of that I make them get an insurance binder for the days they will have him. There are too many out there who will take off with your horse without paying for him. The last horse I let out on trial they wrote me a check for his full amount and we wrote out a contract that they had him for a week. If all went well I was free to cash the check. If not, they would return the horse in the same condition as when he left and I would destroy the check. You should AT LEAST get a binder if let your horse out even if he's just $1000. There are lots of insurance companies that do binders just for a few days.
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I think I'm not going to do a trial.
I have quite a few people interested in him and I'd rather now sooner than later if they want the horse. Since I board, I'll talk to my BO about them coming out to spend time with him. Not to mention I know the sooner he gets a new home, the happier he'll be and then I can breath a bit and not have to worry about selling a horse while planning a wedding and being pregnant.
Hopefully the people that asked will understand my reasoning.
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Oh, forgot to mention, each trial I had, the seller was paid in full and there was a contract signed saying that they would give me my money back if something went wrong at the vet check or there were any huge behavioral issues.
I liked them because I was able to see how the horse reacted in other settings.
However, I would probably be just as happy having my vet doing a vet check and asking the seller to trailer the horse to a nearby trail/arena to see how the horse did.
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I really wouldnt put your horse on trial without some form of deposit and of course legally binding agreement.
Although 1000 isnt an awful lot of money, you have to think can you really afford to lose it?
It is difficult to trust anyone these days and there are far too many people out there with "all the gear and no idea!" these type of people are not safe to have a dog let alone a horse and where would you stand if your horse got injured while he was on trial, you could be left with a useless horse after he/she got injured on trial....not to mention enormous vets bills!....another thing is the person could seem 100% genuine but could turn out to be evil and could sell your horse on while on trial or never return him to you.
Initially a trial sounds great but you really need to think about it. Personally i believe it is a bad idea!! good luck! xx
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-06-2009, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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if I were to do a trial, i would want the payment in full in case I never heard from them again. And I would have a contract signed too. I wouldnt have it be a verbal agreement.

But like you said what do I do if he's injured and then considered useless? I'd either have to give him away for free or next to nothing, or figure out someway to take care of a baby and 3 horses.
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I know of a trainer that requires the person taking the horse on trial to show proof of insurance on the horse they are taking in case anything does happen.
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post #10 of 12 Old 05-07-2009, 07:25 AM
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I think being able to take a horse on trial regardless of the cost is very important BUT for 1 grand? I personally think it's ridiculous. No offence but if you are a low bid and you only spending 1 thousand dollars for a horse, be ready to take the risks of buying a horse for that cost comes with the game.
I would personally find it a lot more stressful than usefull to set it up. For that cost, you should have a lot of catches and wouldn't agree to a trial.
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