POLL - Horse Buyers - Is No Trial a Deal Breaker?
Curious to know how buyers feel about trial periods when purchasing a horse. Obviously, a trial period is ideal, but is it a deal breaker if a seller refuses? I'm talking about an off site trial period where the buyer takes the horse to his or her own barn for a period of time - as opposed to being able to ride the horse at the seller's barn for a period of time before deciding.
As a seller, I have had a couple of very bad experiences with trials, and all of the horses I have sold in the past few years sold without trials. I have allowed trials to approved barns/trainers in the past, but my bad experiences were to approved / known barns and trainers... so I am moving to a "no trial" policy, though buyers would certainly be welcomed to try horses at my farm multiple times before buying.
I know this can be a controversial topic, but I am really curious to hear honest opinions.
(And I've been MIA from the boards for a while, so I apologize if this was very recently posted. I cannot get my search feature to work properly.)