Horse purchase/trial period/short lease - ?
I'm an older 'new' rider. 52, and bought my first horse last February. For various reasons this nice little mare wasn't the perfect horse for me, so I recently sold her to a buyer who is a much better fit. I'm again looking for my perfect horse and I have a better idea what that will be like now (I learned so much from the first horse, and "broke even" on the sale - so I actually consider it a positive experience).
I'm looking at a horse that I've known about for a year or so (wasn't for sale when I bought originally). She seems exactly what I'm looking for - is very well trained, good age, temperament seems great. I'd like to propose a short 'lease' to them (2 weeks or 30 days)... at a nice barn - So that I can try her and make sure she is as willing and tolerant of a learning rider as she seems. This isn't a hugely expensive purchase so I could simply absorb the risk, but I know how difficult it is to sell even a nice horse (after having just been through it) - so I don't have time for another mistake. Can you suggest wording that would be fair to both parties without being overly stark and heavy-handed? The seller almost seems more at risk here, so I want to reassure them. I'm not looking for reasons for this to fall through. Is there even some simple way to do escrow? BTW, I'm talking about a good trail horse - not a show horse. I'd start w/ a baseline vet check for both of us, but what is common procedure if the animal falls ill while in my care... I think I would pay to stall board to minimize risk...
Anyway - Help?
Last edited by Folly; 12-10-2015 at 12:41 PM.