Options If Your New Horse Doesn’t Work Out as Planned


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When you look at horses for sale, you can’t always be sure that the horse will be the right match for you. You can do your homework by test riding the horse and having a pre-purchase exam done, but sometimes, even despite your best efforts, you may buy a horse that doesn’t work out quite as planned. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few options you might consider.

Get to the Root of the Issue

There are various reasons that a horse may not work out. Sometimes horses have training or behavioral issues that were not disclosed during the sale. Sometimes you may discover the horse has a physical issue which will restrict his use. It’s best to involve your vet or a trainer to evaluate how deep the issue is, and to assess what it would take to fix the issue, if that’s possible. This knowledge can then inform your decision of what to do next.

Contact the Seller

Many sellers want to find a situation which works for their horses. Some sellers may be willing to take the horse back, if they have the time and space available to do so. It’s always worth contacting the seller to let them know what is going on and to see if they have any advice or might be willing to work with you to remedy the situation.

If the horse has been misrepresented during the sale and you have reason to believe that the seller knew about an injury or deliberately withheld other information, you will want to approach the seller and request a refund in exchange for the horse’s return.

Offer the Horse for Lease

Just because the horse isn’t right for you doesn’t necessarily mean that he won’t be right for someone else. If you would like to retain ownership of the horse, you might consider offering him up for lease. You may be able to find a rider who is a great match for the horse and who can enjoy him, leaving your time free to find another horse more suitable to you.

Sell the Horse

Sometimes the best option for everyone involved is to put the horse up for sale. By advertising the horse for sale you should be able to find someone who’s a good match and who is willing to buy the horse. Then you’ll be free to find another horse who is a better match for you.

Hopefully your horse buying purchases will work out, but in case they don’t, remember that there are a number of options to help right the situation.

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