If you got the sort of feeling that potential buyers were going to do "god knows what" to a horse, why would you sell the horse to them in the first place?
That's not the point I was trying to make. Why should a seller be willing do a 30 day trial with a money back guarantee, and let the horse go more than an hour away off the property?
The seller has no way to protect themselves financially if the purchaser injures the horse during the 30 days it's gone. So not only are they out the purchase price, they've got a vet bill and an unuseable horse as well.
In this day and age of people not admitting their own guilt, responsibility, and culpability in a situation, there's no way I'd let a horse leave for parts unknown with a contract slanted to give protection ONLY to the purchaser.
If multiple-horse sales barns do it, I'm sure their contract is ironclad and written in a way to protect themselves.
People are trying to make money when they sell horses, not give a 30 day free lease to someone who may or may not have the horse's best interests at heart.
As I said, it's the responsibility of the purchaser
to do their homework when buying a horse. Seeing one on the internet and falling in love doesn't mean when you meet the horse in person that it'll be a good match.
If you buy based on pictures/videos alone it's a caveat emptor situation, and you have to be prepared that the animal might not be what you envisioned.
I spent a lot of time, money, and wear and tear on my vehicle this past summer/autumn looking for a new horse. I visited every one I was interested in, regardless of distance. I wanted to make sure that we were physically and mentally compatible.
If someone's not willing to do that, then they have to be able to live with the consequences if they go ahead and buy the animal. It's certainly not the seller's fault if the purchaser and the horse don't get along.