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post #21 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 05:51 PM
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I've never had a trial period, or would I give one. I take good care of my horses it's always the fear of getting back a lame horse. I'm honest and I don't care if someone what's to do a vet check, but once the horse leaves the property its not mine. If someone wanted a trial and walked away because I said no, I wouldn't care. There will be other buyers.
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post #22 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 06:24 PM
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i've done the trial period thing twice. one time was a disaster and it took me at least 1-2 months to get the horse back to where he was went i sent him on trial (both mentally and physically). the second time he went on trial the lady bought him so he didn't come back and everyone ended up happy.

would i do that again? not really sure...
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post #23 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 06:45 PM
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Hmm. What a good question.

I was able to get a 2 week trail period on my Mustang. He was $2000. Best $2000 I ever spent- I knew I wanted him after a week. The guy was a friend-of-a-friend. I don't know if that made a difference in his decision to let me try the horse out or not.

My last horse I took a gamble on. The guy let me test ride her, but that was it. It was a take-it-or-leave-it type situation. The horse was going to auction if I didn't buy her, so I don't think the guy really cared if I bought her or not. She was only $500. I ended up buying her because my friend promised me that she would buy the horse from me if it didn't work out. She had a lot of faith in her horse judging skills I guess. Me, I wasn't so sure, but didn't really have much to loose, so I did it and bought the horse without a trial. Definitely made me nervous though! But the horse worked out fine.

If I were on the other end, I don't know. I really don't feel comfortable with a trial, but on the other hand, if I were to "sell" a horse it would probably be a situation where I would give the horse away to a good home. If that was the case, I would make sure the people knew that if the horse wasn't working out that I would gladly take it back.

So I can definitely understand why a seller wouldn't want to risk it when they could probably sell the horse without a trial to someone else. But as a buyer a trial period is great.

I think the best case senario is to buy a horse from someone you know who will let you try the horse out first. Then you are (hopefully) both comfortable with the situation. But not everyone can buy a horse they want from someone they know so that only works occasionally.

But I don't think a seller refusing to do a trial period necessarily makes the horse a lemon. It could just be they don't want to take the risk.
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post #24 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 07:01 PM
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Where I live, it's practically a crime for a seller to not allow a trial period lol. I had my horse on a 2 week trial period and a full refund guarantee if he didn't work out. Yeah, his old owners were pretty flexible with options. I agree with everyone above, even though it goes against what everyone does around here lol. Ride the horse as much as you can, and bring your trainer one time, and have a lesson on him/her. If you can't have your trainer come watch you, have someone record you riding the horse and show it to your trainer. DO NOT FORGET TO HAVE A PRE-PURCHASE VET EXAM DONE.
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post #25 of 26 Old 01-06-2012, 08:00 PM
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I can't blame sellers at all for not wanting to do a trial. Sure you could write up a solid contract protecting everyone, but having that contract doesn't stop things from going badly, it just means that you can probably pursue it in court. Why bother if you can sell the horse to someone without a trial?

I agree with what others have said. Try the horse out as much as you can, and get a PPE done. If you're worried that the horse may be drugged, then get it tested or walk away. If you don't want to spend the money on a vet check (or extra money for things like xrays/drug testing), then that's a risk you're taking. It's not the seller's responsibility to make up for a risk you want to take by allowing a trial period that increases their risk; in the end, they have zero obligation to let you take the horse off the property without paying in full.

I don't think refusing a trial is at all suspicious, they're protecting their own interests. Just as many crooked buyers as are sellers, the fact of the matter is both parties get burned on a regular basis for being too trusting. Respect is important in a business transaction, but trust? If that was a huge factor in business transactions we wouldn't have contracts. On the other side of the coin, a buyer that makes risky demands insisting that they are trustworthy would raise red flags with me. If you don't agree with the seller's terms and they're not willing to negotiate, then just walk - that doesn't make them a crooked seller, just like you trying to negotiate doesn't make you a crooked buyer. It's a buyer's market afterall, that means you have little to lose by walking and looking elsewhere - it does not mean that all sellers must comply with your terms.
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post #26 of 26 Old 01-07-2012, 09:12 PM
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I think a trial period could work..but not in every case. I was selling a horse, recently, that is at a friends house. She was screening people and a woman called saying all the right things: experience with the breed, a love of horses, experienced confident rider, had the money to spend, blah, blah, blad.

She pulls in with a fancy rig after driving hours, with her own horse and is going to ride alongside my horse for sale, to see how she acts. If all is good, they'd switch horses. Well, all they did was walk, no gaiting, she was too scared, she had some disabilities and couldn't mount from a block, etc so she wanted to bring the horse home so her trainer could evaluate them together. She said she'd insure the horse while she had her and if it didn't work out, she'd bring her back.

After some conversation with my friend, I found out that she never once even touched my horse. Not a pat on the head, not a hand on her. She never even really addressed her, just referred to her. There's NO WAY I'd allow that woman to take that horse, even if she paid for her in full, tried her and if it didn't work, bring her back. If things were different, I might have reacted differently, but, no way was the horse leaving.

I've been offered a two week trial with a horse and for me, on the buying end, I felt it really honest of the seller. To see if this horse and I got along ok and if we didn't she honestly had another buyer in mind. Because of that, I trusted what she had to say about the horse. Again, it could work, just depends on the situation.
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