Common Questions About Selling a Horse


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Are you planning on listing your horse for sale? There are many questions that arise when selling a horse for the first time. We’ve answered some of the most common for you.

A buyer wants to ride my horse, but I don’t think that they’re a skilled enough rider to be safe. What should I do?

Whenever a potential buyer comes out to meet your horse, it’s a good chance for you to learn more about the buyer. Before letting a buyer ride your horse, you will definitely want to ask questions about their riding experience and riding level. If you decide that letting the buyer ride your horse wouldn’t be a good idea, then you’re well within your rights to say so. If you do decide to let the buyer ride, make sure that they sign a liability release before mounting up.

A buyer wants to take my horse on trial. Should I let them?

Whether or not you let your horse go on trial is up to you. Some owners prefer to send their horses on trials, since trials can help determine whether the horse and the new owner would be a good match. When letting your horse go on trial, you are entrusting its care to someone else. If you allow a trial, it’s a good idea to view the property where your horse will be kept ahead of time. Make sure that the buyer provides you with valid payment and signs a contract clearly stating the terms of the trial before you allow your horse to leave.

I don’t think a buyer is a good match for my horse. What should I do?

You can decide not to sell your horse to someone because you don’t think it would be a good match. You will want your horse to be happy and safe in his new home, and if you don’t think that would be the situation with a particular buyer, then feel free to pass on selling the horse to that person.

A buyer wants to pay with a check. How do I know that the check will be good?

Unfortunately, there’s no way to know that a check will be good until the check actually clears your bank. If you are willing to accept a check as a payment for your horse, then explain to the buyer ahead of time that the horse will need to remain on your property until the check clears the bank. If you let the horse leave with its new owner, you may later discover that the check has bounced and may have no way to get your full payment.

A buyer wants to pay with installments. Should I let them?

Buying a horse is a significant investment. Some buyers may request to pay in installments, especially when buying a more expensive horse. Whether or not you accept installments is up to you. If you do decide to accept them, write up a contract specifying when payments are to be made and how much they will be. You will also want to include the fact that the horse will remain in your care until his full purchase price is paid.

Are you ready to sell your horse? Listing your horse for sale is a big step, but hopefully we’ve answered some of your most pressing questions about selling your horse.

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