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!