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post #1 of 14 Old 09-13-2017, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Trainer Fee- No Purchase

I went shopping with my trainer a few weeks ago. We have planned this for a while, told her what my requirements were, etc. However, when we went to try horses over a long weekend, I ended up not liking any of them ended up not purchasing any. My question is, do I still have to pay the trainer a fee even though there was no transaction? I have decided not to look with her anymore and will be going shopping with another trainer that I know.
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post #2 of 14 Old 09-13-2017, 12:57 PM
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She should have told you beforehand what her time was worth.
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post #3 of 14 Old 09-13-2017, 01:15 PM
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She should have told you beforehand what her time was worth.
While I agree with this, I also think that if she didnt tell you, you should have asked. I would still ask her if you owe her anything for the time she spent, especially since it was over a long weekend.
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I went shopping with my trainer a few weeks ago. We have planned this for a while, told her what my requirements were, etc. However, when we went to try horses over a long weekend, I ended up not liking any of them ended up not purchasing any. My question is, do I still have to pay the trainer a fee even though there was no transaction? I have decided not to look with her anymore and will be going shopping with another trainer that I know.
I would assume so, you are paying for her time and expertise, which are the same if you buy or you don't.

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post #5 of 14 Old 09-13-2017, 01:25 PM
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I would assume so, you are paying for her time and expertise, which are the same if you buy or you don't.
Ditto this ^^^

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post #6 of 14 Old 09-13-2017, 02:53 PM
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This is usually something that's agreed on beforehand.
The fee depends on what her arrangement with you was.
A lot of trainers do this sort of thing on commission basis, they don't charge the client anything as they get their money from the seller by asking for a percentage of the sale money - though often the buyer still ends up paying as the seller will increase the price of the horse to reflect what they'll have to give the buyers trainer/agent
If the trainer does the same thing that I used to do it could cost you whether or not you buy the horse - I used to charge per trip out with the client based on hours spent working on their behalf and the cost of the mileage involved if I used my own vehicle

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This is usually something that's agreed on beforehand.
The fee depends on what her arrangement with you was.
A lot of trainers do this sort of thing on commission basis, they don't charge the client anything as they get their money from the seller by asking for a percentage of the sale money - though often the buyer still ends up paying as the seller will increase the price of the horse to reflect what they'll have to give the buyers trainer/agent
If the trainer does the same thing that I used to do it could cost you whether or not you buy the horse - I used to charge per trip out with the client based on hours spent working on their behalf and the cost of the mileage involved if I used my own vehicle
Doesn't the finders fee come from the buyer & not the seller? If I was selling a horse I wouldn't pay the trainers fee unless the trainers was hired by me to help sell the horse.
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Personally (as I have the upmost respect for my trainer and her time), I would absolutely ask what I owe her for the time she had spent helping me look at prospects. Similarly, as a seller I would never pay a finders fee unless I recruited someone to help sell a horse on my behalf; I would expect the buyer to cover this cost.
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Absolutely, unless the trainer is doing it as a favor, you own her for her time and expertise
This is not the same as an agent for the seller, where that horse is perhaps with that trainer, and where that trainer presents the horse, does the work to get it sold,and thus gets a commission.
Like above, as the trainer is not that seller's agent, so the seller owes that person zer even if a sale is made
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post #10 of 14 Old 09-13-2017, 08:23 PM
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If this is your trainer, you better ask her what you owe her, otherwise I doubt she will continue to be your trainer. And ask the trainer that is going with you now to view horses, what the fee will be, sale or not.
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