Tips for Evaluating Your Sale Horse’s New Home

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When you advertise your horse for sale, you never know who’s going to be interested in your horse. Hopefully a buyer will offer your horse a great new home, but that’s never a guarantee. If you want to keep your horse safe, then you will spend some time evaluating the new home that your horse will be going to. Here are some tips that you’ll want to consider.

Ask Questions

Before you even accept a down payment on your horse, ask the buyer about their plans for the horse. Try to get a sense of whether the buyer’s intended use for the horse is suitable, given the horse’s background, character, and physical condition. Next, ask the buyer who they are training with, and about their riding experience level.

If you’re satisfied with the buyer’s answers to these questions, then ask about where your horse would be kept. If the buyer plans to keep the horse in a horse stable they own themselves, then you’ll want to ask about the buyer’s horse care experience. If the buyer plans to board the horse at a public riding stable, then ask about the care that the horse will receive. Try to get a sense of the horse’s living situation.

Get References

Next, ask the buyer to provide you with references. Specifically ask for a vet and farrier reference, as well as a reference from a trainer or stable owner. Then, call up each of the references and ask them a few basic questions. Explain that you are considering selling your horse to the buyer, and ask about the level of care that the buyer’s previous horse received. Ask each reference for their assessment of whether the buyer took care of the horse’s basic needs, and whether they would recommend that the buyer purchase another horse.

Set Up a Visit

Finally, it’s always a good idea to visit the horse stables where your horse will be moving. You can learn a lot by simply walking around a barn and the property. Look for safety issues like properly maintained fences and sturdy stalls. Look at the body condition of the other horses – do they appear to be healthy and in good weight?

If any of your evaluative measures make you feel unsure about the buyer’s ability to provide your horse with a good home, then remember that you can always decline the buyer’s offer for your horse. You’ll feel better knowing that you are holding out to find your horse the good home that he needs.

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