What To Do If Your New Horse Isn’t Working Out


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When looking at horses for sale and buying a new horse, there are many factors to consider when deciding if a new horse is right for you. Once you’ve signed the check and brought your new horse home, hopefully everything goes well. But sometimes it doesn’t. What do you do if your new horse just isn’t working out?

Is the Horse Not as Described?

Before you read any further, are your problems arising because the horse is turning out to be very different from how the seller presented him? In some rare instances, you may get a horse home and after a day or so, his behavior may change dramatically. If you have test ridden and visited the horse multiple times, but his behavior change is sudden and extreme, then there’s a possibility that the horse may have been drugged by the seller. While this is a rare occurrence, it does happen. You can try to approach the seller about the issue, or you may wish to consult law enforcement for their assistance.

Are You and the Horse Just Not a Match?

Sometimes, once the horse has settled into his new home and you’ve begun riding him on a regular basis, you may find that you and the horse just aren’t a match. Maybe the horse presents behaviors that you hadn’t seen before, or maybe you just don’t mesh as a pair. Whatever the reason, it’s important to realize when you and the horse are not meant to be. However, before deciding that the horse isn’t the right one for you, make sure that you spend some time working with a trainer to see if the issue can be fixed.

If you have the horse on a trial period and things are not working out, then it’s time to carefully read over the conditions of the trial and return the horse to his original owner. However, if the trial period has passed, you will probably have to find the horse a new home on your own. You might still contact the seller to see if they would take the horse back, but in most cases you will be responsible for selling the horse yourself.

Options for the Horse

One of the easiest solutions to this issue is to advertise the horse for sale again. Be honest about the fact that you and the horse don’t mesh well, and try to find the horse a new home with a rider who is a great match for him.

You might also consider leasing the horse out to a rider who is a good match for him. Leasing your horse out allows you to retain ownership of him, but can put him into a good situation where he is receiving regular work and training.

After looking at horses for sale and buying a new horse, you want to be sure that you and the horse are a good match. Remember, the right horse for you is out there.

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