Good for you! You are entitled to do business how you want to do it. I personally prefer to take a horse away from their home surroundings and to my own vet to see how they do out of their comfort zone. Many horses do great in their own arena and pasture, but go bonkers on the trail, arena or in another stable. I just think you are better off seeing how a horse does in different surroundings for safety reasons, especially when buying for children. Sad, but it is well known sellers will drug horses and it sometimes takes three days for drugs to wear off. It is also a conflict of interest for the seller's vet to represent the buyer as well, so it is smarter to use your own vet. This horse trader will deny she is a horse trader, as well. I have never had a problem with someone doing a trial on a horse I am selling, but unless I know that person, I am getting some kind of deposit!! Buyers can scam too, and sell the horse from under you, and they are out nothing. Some people refuse to do a trial, and that is fine, too. We just disagree on how things should be handled, but that is ok. What is good for one person is not good for another. I have seen many good transactions occur cross country, and even though I am skittish about doing that myself, I have seen it work fantastically for others. To each his own, I guess. Either way, this lady has been arrested, so it will end fine, I hope. Oh, and I do want to add that the MOST dangerous horse that I ever came across personally was one that had been tried out in person, brought home, settled in, was doing fine....then a few days later something snapped. I guess the drugs wore off, but she was a rank, vicious, psychotic mare who eventually broke a young girls jaw with a swift kick. I will never forget that mare. Her name was Samantha and she had been sold to a young (maybe
year old girl as a kids horse. I think the girls parents ended up sending her to slaughter. I bet they didnt have her more than a week. That was many years ago, and I was a kid myself, but ever since then I have always thought it was a good idea to do a trial. Seeing them in person is no guarantee.