What You Should Never Do When Selling Your Horse


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Are you planning on selling your horse? When listing your horse for sale and following up with interested buyers, there are a few things that you should avoid doing.

Leave Vital Information Out of Your Horse’s For Sale Ad

When you write an ad listing your horse for sale, it’s important that you include any significant information about him that might deter or interest a buyer. If your horse has sustained a serious injury that will affect his future use, it’s best to disclose that fact up front to save time for both you and interested buyers. Think about what you would want to know if you were a buyer – don’t leave that information out of the ad.

Mislead a Seller About Your Horse’s Temperament and Behavior

Many buyers will ask you to assess your horse’s temperament and behavior. It’s important to be as honest as possible when you do this. For instance, if your horse is highly spooky, identify that he needs an experienced rider. While it may be tempting to underplay your horse’s behavior or temperament to get more interest in him, doing so can lead to a poor match between your horse and his new owner. You wouldn’t want anyone to mislead you, so be honest in your assessment of your horse.

Only Provide Blurry Photos

It’s frustrating for buyers to try to decipher a horse’s conformation when they’re only provided with blurry photos. Providing only photos that show just part of your horse’s body is another way to frustrate interested buyers. Take the time to get quality photos that show your horse from different angles – otherwise you’re sure to receive inquiries asking for additional photos.

Back Out on a Test Ride Appointment

When you schedule an appointment to have an interested buyer come and test ride your horse, make sure that you stick to that appointment. Backing out of an appointment at the last minute wastes the buyer’s time, and some buyers travel great distances to look at horses for sale. If you have to reschedule, call the buyer as soon as you know that you can’t make the appointment. Otherwise, do your very best to keep the original appointment.

Sell Your Horse to Someone You’re Not Comfortable With

As a seller, you don’t have to sell your horse to anyone that you’re not comfortable with. If a buyer seems like he or she would be a poor match for your horse, or if you just have a bad feeling about a buyer, then don’t sell your horse to that person. Instead, wait until the right buyer comes along.

When listing your horse for sale, remember these factors and make sure that you avoid them.

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