who would have to bring the horse to my farm or take it home if i decide not to buy it?
Well I doubt the owner is going to make an 8 hour (most likely 10 hours) trip for someone who might want a horse. Traditionally it is your job to come see the horse AND arrange transport to your barn AFTER purchase.
if the owner brings it, would i be expected to pay for her to bring the horse here, then drive home? or just to bring the horse here?
You'd would be responsible for ANY associated cost of shipping the horse, including the round trip. This may include tolls, gas, shavings, hay, etc.
- approximately how much is it to ship a horse? ive heard about $2.00 per mile. is that one way?
Depends on what your gas prices are like. Usually you can get a friend to do it cheaper then a professional shipper. Just to give you an idea I paid $550 round trip for a 6 hour haul (not sure the miles).
- how long of a trial should i ask for?
I highly doubt the owner will let you trial the horse. What happens if something happens to the horse during the trial period? If it doesn't work out who pays return shipping?! My best advice would be to see the horse several times before you buy. Do EVERYTHING with the horse possible. Get a thorough PPE done, including X-rays!!
- how do i go about asking the owner about this? obviously i dont want to rush things. so maybe just go out and try the horse and go from there and talk to her about the other things? ..i just like to plan ahead!
I'd say your interested, you'd like more info, photos and a video. After your trainer or vet/farrier or other horse expert (heck, post it here! There are many great people here who a good at soundness) views the videos and gives you the go ahead then schedule a "test ride"
- am i expected to pay my horse friend for coming with? i would buy her lunch or something and show her my appreciation, but am i expected to do anything else?
Depends on what kind of "friend". I helped a friend of mine out two years ago and I didn't ask for a dime. She did buy my lunch, a soda at the gas station, etc. If she is more like a trainer then she may expect compensation.
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