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    07-30-2013, 01:12 AM
  #1
Foal
Question Sending horse out on a trial

Hello everyone!

I'm about to send my (mostly my sister's) horse out on a trial to someone who's interested in him. It just so happens that if he goes to this girl, he will be free. So I'm not freaking out about contracts or deposits or any of that. I trust this girl, I actually haven't put him up for sale yet, because my sister and I decided that she would give him the best life. (by the way, she gives me lessons.)
What is appropriate for me to send with him on his little vacation? Brushes? Tack? Cookies?
Oh yeah, I'm a total noob , and he hasn't seen a trailer in 9 years (since he was 3). By the way, this new place is about ten minutes away. I'm crossing my fingers that he'll hop right in like he did last time, but no guarantees! I'm also really nervous about him being in this new place for a whole week. I really hope that he doesn't do anything stupid. He also hasn't shared a pasture in about 9 years, except for a brief two day period, and he acted like a total child just pestering the other gelding.
Here's a good question: do you send your horse with his/her own feed to avoid such abrupt changes?
By the way, I have seen many people say "don't send your horse on trial! Bad things! Disaster!" etc., etc. but I don't feel that I have much of an option here. The barn he'd be going to has arenas, my house does not. Our footing is far less than ideal, it's not exactly flat anywhere so a trial here would be almost worthless.

Another question, perhaps unrelated: If a horse was road safe earlier in life, but hasn't been on the road in years, will they forget that it's not so scary?

When you trailer, is it considered unsafe to tie them in a regular old nylon halter, since it won't break?

Please excuse my lack of horsemanship. I do the best I can, and in this situation the best I can is this guy going elsewhere. Not to worry, if she takes him, I will still see him at least once per week!
     
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    07-30-2013, 02:33 AM
  #2
Started
Talk to the owners and see what tack and equipment they have. If they are buying a horse and don't have the basics such as brushes and grooming supplies I would run away quickly. I can understand not wanting to buy tack until you have the horse to fit it to, but someone who is about to be buying a horse should at least have all of the basics! I would not want to send any of my tack with a trial horse just in case something gets damaged or "walks away", but if you can really trust this person as much as you say they do, then talk to them and see what they have. I would send him with feed for all of the days that he will be away. They can start transitioning him to their feed once they decide to buy them, and you don't want to have to be switching him back if they decide that they don't want him.

As far as trailering, I would pop him in it a few times before the big trip to make sure that you won't be in for an unexpected surprise. My guy has had issues relearning loading after only being trailered twice a year for the past four years. However, I know many more people who will go for a couple of years without trailering and the horse will load like a champ!
     
    07-30-2013, 09:09 AM
  #3
Trained
If this person gives you lessons, chances are they have enough experience to deal with the horse, and have all the stuff they need. You can certainly ask tho. I would hesitate about sending the horse without ANYTHING in writing, no matter who this person is. What is the horse gets injured or injures another horse.....who will be responsible for the vet bills? At what point does the horse become THEIR responsibility? That all, at a very minimum needs to be in writing, otherwise you risk losing a trainer. JMHO. Be smart about it. Anyone who knows much at all will certainly understand covering your butt.
     
    07-30-2013, 01:39 PM
  #4
Showing
If a horse goes on trial I would mainly be worried about insurance if he gets hurt and injured, who is going to be responsible to pay the bill? Because unless you have a contract set up to cover yourself, you will be the one to cover any costs if that were to happen.
As for brushes and tack etc, I can only imagine they have everything but I would myself consider sending the bridle with him. It's something he's used to and is fitted for him, and would likely make him more comfortable.
     
    07-30-2013, 05:22 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks guys! Thinking about the injury/illness thing, I am getting a bit worried. The last thing I want to happen is for him to get injured, and then being stuck in the middle of a really nasty situation between my family and hers... How would you go about writing a contract for the injury thing? I mean, honestly I have almost no money. Forget insurance, there's no way I can afford it. I mean why would I get rid of the horse if I had enough money to pay for all those nice things like in case of emergency vet bills? That's the problem, we have no money! Do I just write something up that says break him/ buy him? What else would you consider important on this type of contract?
     
    07-30-2013, 05:28 PM
  #6
Foal
As far as tack in concerned, she has my saddle right now already. He'll probably go with his own bridle, mostly because it's a sidepull, he hasn't used a bit in years! I don't think we even own a bit anymore...Well, an old gnarly tom thumb, but there's no way he'll behave in that contraption. Plus I can't remember when the last time his teeth were floated. The stinking vet refused to do it for some reason.
     
    07-30-2013, 09:09 PM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by dgazibar    
Thanks guys! Thinking about the injury/illness thing, I am getting a bit worried. The last thing I want to happen is for him to get injured, and then being stuck in the middle of a really nasty situation between my family and hers... How would you go about writing a contract for the injury thing? I mean, honestly I have almost no money. Forget insurance, there's no way I can afford it. I mean why would I get rid of the horse if I had enough money to pay for all those nice things like in case of emergency vet bills? That's the problem, we have no money! Do I just write something up that says break him/ buy him? What else would you consider important on this type of contract?
You can get some already written contracts online where you just fill in your information. All that would say is that they are liable if the horse got hurt while in their control.
The other option would be to allow her to come ride him as much as she wants at YOUR house instead of allowing to take the horse away.
     

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