Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
Nope, absolutely not. This stinks all over. They pay the full price for the pony with a 5-10 day period in which he can be returned if he is not satisfactory, or they don't get him at all. If they're worried about a vet check, that should be done while the horse is still in your possession. There is also no reason you need to offer a trial at all, either.
For a $1500 horse, a trial and vet check is kind of ridiculous anyways.... the vet check will cost nearly half the purchase price if they do decent radiographs. If they want to do a PPE, it's called a 'pre purchase exam' for a reason. It's done before money changes hands. It sounds to me like they want to take him on trial, have their vet find something wrong with him, and offer $750 or disappear altogether leaving you with half your money and no pony. Nope. Nope, nope, nope. BAD feeling about this. He's your pony; trust your gut.
I hate trials unless it's to a person I personally know and trust to be honest and care for that horse. Anyone else, no way-- even so, the trial is for a few days. Too much can happen in two weeks. That's putting a living animal at risk, and it rarely ends well. What usually happens is that they return the horse the last day in poor condition and with training issues you now have to fix. Just....no.
The whole situation sounds fishy. Walk away from this one, and relist the horse for sale with firm terms. $1500 firm, horse sold as-is, vet check at buyer's expense welcome. Even if the vet finds something, that does not mean you are required to lower the price. That's for the buyer to decide-- do they still want the horse at that price or not. If you want to haggle, fine, but don't give a nice pony away. Good ponies bring good prices. Stick to your guns to find a good home for this nice pony.