Just a few comments here...
I agree with the folks who have said that
you should first try the horse in the seller's environment. As a seller,
unless I know someone well, I also want to observe how the horse reacts to the
person, as I don't want the horse to go into a situation that I think will be
Another factor to consider if you do take the
horse to a different location for a trial period is an insurance policy where
the seller is the loss payee. That's a small price to pay to CYA, so to
speak, and it provides the seller with protection if something goes
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, June 10, 2002 10:16
Subject: [RC] horse purchase
Could anyone please tell me what the customary
way is to try out a horse?
This is where I'm at: I found a horse who
seems to fit the bill for what I'm looking for. The horse is located 4
hours away so I'd like to bring him back to the stable I plan to board at
for a trial period. I also plan to have him vetted out during this
period. So should I give the owner the payment in full even though the
horse has yet to be vetted out or do I post date the check? Or should
I just put down a deposit? If that's the case then what is an
acceptable amount? And , since I'm asking all these questions how long
do you think is a reasonable time period to try out a horse?