Just curious, what are your conditions for letting a young horse go out on trial?
I am just curious for feedback about anyone's conditions for potentially letting a yet unbroke 3 year old Dutch WB gelding go out on trial. A bit of background: He's a super quiet, very nice flashy upper level jumper prospect. I put him on the ground and how his sire and dam. He could do eventing and dressage as well. This is not a Low level horse. His pedigree alone will make some swoon and he LOVES, LOVES, LOVES to jump and has a very good jump on him-a real natural. His full older brother sold last year to a top eventer.
He has his ground manners, loads, great in a stall, bathes and some of his ground training-meaning he knows the very basics of lunging (I don't lunge a lot) but has not been ground driving. I start mine later under saddle-as 4+year olds. He's super level headed, a people pleasure and learns quickly. He was a colt until he as nearly 3 1/2 and a quiet one at that. Two weeks after gelding him he was turned out with my mares and a young pony we have and he's low man in that herd-has never tried a thing. Okay you get the picture. Right now I have him priced just below 5 figures.
I have someone, who does not live that far away from me, a few hours away, who has asked to take him on trial and I am very hesitant-what can't they see here? My other babies have always sold themselves in the first 30 minutes, practically, when buyers come to meet them. I have never let my other ones go out on trial and one horse, not my own but one young one on my farm and the seller agreed to do a trial was seriously injured while out on trial.
Sure one can sign a "liability waiver" but I could also end up again with a horse who's injured too. I know what my gut is telling me.
Thoughts Please. Thank you.