How to Find a Good Home When Selling Your Horse

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When you list your horse for sale, you will be allowing him to go to a new home that will be responsible for caring for him. In selling a horse, you give up your control over your horse’s care and well being. That can be intimidating, but making sure that the person who buys your horse will provide a good home can make letting your horse go easier. These tips can help you find a new good home for your horse.

Find Out Why the Buyer Is Looking at Horses for Sale

In order to make sure that a buyer is a good match for your horse, you will need to learn why the buyer is looking at horses for sale. Is the buyer looking for an allrounder horse for general riding, or are they looking for a horse that specializes in a particular discipline? Will the horse be for the buyer, or is the buyer purchasing the horse for a friend, a riding program, or another purpose?

Watch the Buyer Interact With Your Horse

You can quickly learn a lot about how well a person and horse get along by watching them interact. Does the buyer treat the horse with kindness and respect? If the buyer test rides the horse, consider whether they seem to be a good match. Do they work well together, and do they seem to make a safe pair together?

Learn About the Buyer’s Aspirations for Your Horse

Find out about what plans the buyer has for the horse. If your horse has physical limitations, then you probably won’t want to sell him to someone who is looking to turn him into a top-level competition mount.

Ask if the Buyer Will Be Working with a Trainer

If you have doubts about the buyer’s ability to safely ride your horse, ask whether they will be working with a trainer. A good trainer can make a big difference in a situation, and can help keep both horse and rider safe while teaching them how to work with each other.

Ask for References

If you’re really nervous about letting your horse go to a new home, you can ask the buyer for references. Asking a buyer for the contact information for their vet and farrier will allow you to check to make sure that their previous horse received regular and proper care. Before you ask for references, though, realize that this is a request more commonly made when a horse is being adopted out by a rescue. Some buyers may protest, and others may not have had a previous horse to establish vet or farrier services with.

When you list your horse for sale, give some thought about what type of buyer would make a good home for your horse, and what type of buyer you would like to avoid.

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