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post #11 of 15 Old 10-31-2015, 06:42 PM
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True, either way it might be worth calling your vet, explaining the situation and asking an estimate of when they'd be available, or make a tentative booking to be confirmed. That way you can give the owner a rough plan while you're there.
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post #12 of 15 Old 11-01-2015, 09:39 PM
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I would wait until after your trainer's seen him. We went out to look at a horse for my 10 year old daughter and the first time she got on him, he was fine. But the second time we went, along with her trainer, he was very hot and much to forward for her. He had been in his stall more than usual, but still, he was a very different horse and I'm glad we didn't buy him. My point is that quite often, a second ride can reveal things that weren't apparent in the first. The sellers should be able to wait until you can get a vet out. Did you ask about a trial? With the horse we ended up buying, they wouldn't do a trial, but they did offer to buy him back within two weeks if he wasn't suitable. We drew up a contract and it put my mind at ease. Turned out he was a great horse, but I appreciated that they had enough faith in him to guarantee him in a way. We also ended up doing the vetting after the purchase (during the two week buy back period) so it gave us a bit of leeway.
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post #13 of 15 Old 11-01-2015, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, we did ask about a trial and I would have preferred it, but the owner was not interested in letting me have him for a week. I am not yet 100% sold on this horse, so will see what my trainer has to say about him for sure before bringing a vet out. As time passes I am less certain that this is the right horse for me, so she's going to have to really love him for me before I make a firm commitment to him. And, of course, he'll have to pass the vet check, as well.
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post #14 of 15 Old 11-01-2015, 09:56 PM
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Yes, we did ask about a trial and I would have preferred it, but the owner was not interested in letting me have him for a week. I am not yet 100% sold on this horse, so will see what my trainer has to say about him for sure before bringing a vet out. As time passes I am less certain that this is the right horse for me, so she's going to have to really love him for me before I make a firm commitment to him. And, of course, he'll have to pass the vet check, as well.
The reasoning for the buy-back contract as opposed to a trial made a lot of sense to me when the sellers explained it. They were concerned about doing a trial because the horse would technically still be theirs and if he got injured while in my care, they would be stuck with a horse they can't sell. Whereas the buy-back contract can be worded such that any injury sustained in the care of the buyer cannot be grounds for returning the horse. It isn't bullet-proof, but it's better for both parties. Just in case you want to suggest it to this seller or another one.
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Thanks. I'll think about that.
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