When on Trial, Put it in Writing


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When it comes to selling a horse, I’m a big believer in letting it go “on trial” with the prospective buyer. After all, if you have nothing to hide about the horse, why not give the person interested in him an opportunity to see if they’re truly a good match?

I know, the voice in the back of your head is saying, “What if the horse gets seriously injured while on trial? What if they ruin him?!”

While it might take several pages, be sure to include every important aspect of your horse’s care in a trial or lease agreement

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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