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post #1 of 6 Old 02-25-2013, 10:06 PM Thread Starter
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Typical Trial Period?

Hey everyone!

So I am seriously looking at buying a warmblood in my area, and I was just wondering what a typical trial period would be. I've heard anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months. Any experiences to share? I haven't done this for a while!

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I'd be shocked at a 3 month trial... wow. I'd say typically I've seen a few days to a week, tops. That's if they even offer a trial.

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a week is more than fair to both parties,
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I've always done a three day trial period. If they like or don't like the horse in three days, they won't change their mind in three months. I don't really care for trial periods too much anyways, ive had some screwed up horses come back to me..

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Thanks guys! That was really helpful.

I'll see what they offer, but I'll try for about a week trial. I have to sell my current horse right now, so I guess that I will have to wait to take him on trial until I have an offer.
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I'd be shocked at a 3 month trial... wow. I'd say typically I've seen a few days to a week, tops. That's if they even offer a trial.

This exactly. Any more then a week and you're looking at paying for some sort of lease fee. When I do a prepurchase exam my vet likes for us to have the horse for at least 48 hours in case the seller drugged the horse. I like to mention that when asking for a trial from a trainer I don't know but... these days trainers are getting more and more hesitant about trials and rightfully so.
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