Tips for Allowing Buyers to Test Ride Your Horse


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When you advertise your horse for sale, it’s to be expected that interested buyers will want to come and test ride your horse. It’s important to keep both your horse and the potential buyers safe during the test ride. These tips can help you manage test rides on your horse.

Ask Questions

Before you agree to allow a buyer to test ride your horse, ask questions about their riding experience. Ask a buyer how many years they’ve been riding and whether they have been taking riding lessons or working with a trainer. If your horse has a hotter temperament, it is a good idea to ask a buyer about whether they have experience in riding hotter horses.

Watch the Buyer with Your Horse

As you groom and tack up your horse, watch the buyer to see how she or he interacts with your horse. Is the buyer confident and skilled in their interactions? Sometimes buyers exaggerate their experience to appear more impressive or qualified to ride a sale horse. If you think this is the case, or if you feel that the rider would not make a safe match for your horse, then don’t be afraid to turn down the test ride and the sale.

Ride Your Horse First

Before allowing a buyer to ride your horse, you should ride the horse first. Your riding the horse gives the buyer a chance to see the horse move under saddle, and if he or she is uninterested or sees that the horse might not be a good match, then they will have the opportunity to decline a test ride.

Additionally, your riding the horse ensures that the horse gets a good warm up.

Insist on a Helmet

It’s a good practice to insist that any buyers wear a helmet when mounted on your horse. This practice can help avoid serious injury during a fall. In addition to insisting on a helmet, you are also within your rights to request that any buyers obey all of your stable’s rules while they are visiting, such as not smoking, not bringing dogs onto the property, and signing a liability release before mounting up.

Stay in Control

Once the buyer is mounted, your control doesn’t end there. If you see that the buyer is unsafe, you can ask them to dismount at any time. If the buyer asks to do certain things like jump high or take the horse on a ride outside of the ring, you can make any decisions that you feel are necessary to keep your horse and the buyer safe. Don’t be afraid to say no.

When you list your horse for sale, it’s important to be prepared for buyers who want to test ride your horse. Handling test rides well can help to keep everyone safe.

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