Selling Your Horse for the First Time? These Are the Items You Should Give the Buyer

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When advertising your horse for sale for the first time, you’ll need to be prepared for the fact that a seller may come along quickly. When you sell your horse, there are some standard items that you should give to the buyer. Here’s a short list to help you get prepared.


It is common practice to sell your horse with a halter. Most buyers will not think to bring a halter with them when they come to pick up your horse. It’s also a nice touch to let the horse go with a lead rope, too, if the buyer doesn’t think to bring one.

Bill of Sale

Any time you sell a horse, you should absolutely draw up a bill of sale. This bill of sale should include a description of your horse, the date, the purchase price, and the signatures of both the buyer and seller. Both you and the buyer should receive a copy of the bill of sale for your records.

Registration Papers

If your horse has registration papers, you will need to transfer these over to the buyer’s name. Often this can be done with a simple signature on the papers themselves, but it may vary according to the registry.

Vaccination Records

If you have a copy of your horse’s latest vaccination records, it’s helpful to provide the buyer with a copy. It gives the buyer knowledge of what vaccinations the horse has – and hasn’t – received, so they can decide which vaccinations they want to have done and when they want to do them. This can also prevent your horse from receiving vaccinations that he doesn’t need.

Health Certificate

If your horse has a recent health certificate, then it’s a good idea to give it to the buyer. (But keep a copy for yourself too, just in case.) The health certificate can show the buyer that your horse was recently seen by a vet and deemed healthy.

List of Current Feed

It’s a great idea to give the buyer a list of the feed that your horse is currently eating. Be sure to include important information like how much feed your horse gets, how many times a day he is fed, and what times he’s used to being fed. Knowing what the horse is currently eating can help a buyer to safely transition him over to whatever type of feed they decide to use.

Side Items

Sometimes sellers offer to sell a horse’s blankets or tack with him. You may ask an additional fee for these items, or you may decide to give some of them to the buyer. It’s all up to you.

When advertising your horse for sale, it’s a good idea to start preparing the items that you would give to a buyer. Taking the time to get your horse’s records together so that you have everything ready to go when your horse does sell.

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