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post #11 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 11:22 AM
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I wouldn't allow a buyer to trial a horse of mine. The only thing I've allowed that came close to that is I leased one of my horses out with option to buy after a year. That was with a several page legally binding document that protected my rights and the horse's health and safety.

Trial? No way. Heard too many horror stories.

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post #12 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 11:28 AM
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I once leased a horse to a potential buyer at the barn where I kept him, although I'd moved to the UK by that time and my mother and trainer were overseeing the care and eventual sale of this horse. Even that turned into a bit of a debacle. I'd never want to send one away until I properly sold it!
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post #13 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 11:30 AM
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Having a contract safeguards both seller and buyer, and if things have gone well before the trial period the horse is pretty much sold when it goes to the buyers home. If I was selling, I would want to make sure my horse was in the right place and that there were no unforseen hitches when the horse gets to the new home.
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post #14 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 11:39 AM
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I have never taken out trial period nor would I give one. The one time I did, the person dropped off the face of the planet, took the horse, and was never heard of again. Since then I have never even taken the suggestion to.

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post #15 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 11:49 AM
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I am the opposite. I wouldnt buy a horse without a trial period. Gotta be trust on both sides. Trust goes both ways. The seller expects me to trust they arnt lying about the horse, or hiding medical and behavior problems. Or have drugged the horse, or if it suitable for my use. So they need to trust me to take care of the horse for a week and send the money or return the horse.
Any one overly suspicious raises red flags in my book.
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post #16 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 11:54 AM
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I was able to do a trial period with my horse Cooper. He was 300 miles away and I was going off pictures and description only. He was listed at $1200 and I gave the seller $500 and paid for shipping. Onceh e came to me, he wasnt the "lesson horse" she mentioned. I told her witht he amount of time and money needed to go into him, i couldnt afford the $1200 and that i was going to have him sent back. Her response "I cant afford to feedhim again. Keep him for the $500, use the rest as training money"... and I did.
I probably would not have asked for a trial period for a local horse, or one I had tried. My second horse was local. I tried him out, had the vet check done and handed her over the full amount. I dont perosnally see anything wrong with a trial period, but I can see how it could end up being bad for the seller.
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post #17 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 12:17 PM
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I totally agree with these other posters as well
seems like good advice to me
If I would buy or lease a horse, i would go and try the horse out
a few times to see if we are a good match

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post #18 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 01:35 PM
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I've never had a trial period either buying or selling. I've tried out the horse until I'm satisfied that I either want it or I don't, & I expect a buyer to also be able to make up their mind. I've also never had a vet check , but I do know how I want a horse to move. But when I buy, I'm at the low end of things-money-wise, usually.
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post #19 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
Unless you're talking about a high dollar animal ($50,000-$75,000), most sellers won't do a trial period.

Even someone willing to do a trial period will require the total purchase price upfront, as insurance against you taking off with the horse.

Trial periods are very risky for sellers, which is why most won't do them.

I agree with this poster. Although I definitely see the benefit of having a trial period, especially for a "high dollar animal", I don't know anyone who has participated in one (as the buyer or seller). I would personally never risk this when selling one of my horses. I agree with the other posters who have stated that they would allow the potential buyer to ride the horse several times prior to the sale.

Like you, I am an adult novice rider. I bought my first horse a little over a year ago. I brought a horse savy friend with me to check the horse out and I rode the horse twice before purchasing. I did make the mistake of not getting the horse vet checked first (I only required an updated coggins test). I lucked out, because the horse has not had any problems and ended up being a healthy girl, but I have a friend who wasn't so lucky when she bought a horse without a vet check.

One of the posters above stated that their has to be trust on both sides. I respectfully disagree. Sure, you hope that the seller will feel comfortable with you taking her horse and you also hope she is being honest with you, but unfortunately there are many unscrupulous people in this world. You need to protect yourself. The seller may be a wonderful person who cares about her horse and is uncomfortable with a trial. This doesn't make her a scam artist, but it does mean that you may want to ride the horse several times with your trainer present before you purchase. Get the horse vet checked and ask for previous vet records and talk to her vet.

Another option is to find a horse that you can lease for a few months before purchasing to make sure you are a good fit.

Good Luck! I hope you find the horse of your dreams and it works out!
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post #20 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 04:14 PM
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just as many and probably alot more crooked sellers than buyers. Where do you think used car salesmen learned the game ?
Any seller that is overly suspicious raises red flags. Seems crooks are the most likely to assume everyone else is crooked.
Lots more horses for sale than there are buyers. If I was unsure of a horse I'd ask for a trial. If the seller refused I'd find another horse. I seem to have had no problems getting all I wanted.
COme home with a drugged horse, and an arthritic horse also drugged to hide it. And you will see the light.
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