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Tuesday, 29 October 2019

3 Things You Must Do When You Sell Your Horse


When advertising your horse for sale, be as honest as possible.  the more informed the new owner is, the less likely anything bad will happen.  I'm guessing that your a good owner and want the best for your horse.  So, be truthful to avoid the horse being passed around.  You should include the good AND bad things, any previous health issues, vetting results and the ride level.

Another really important part of advertising your horse are the pictures.  When someone is looking at sales pictures, they want to see certain things.  First, use a good camera to take your pictures.  Sounds obvious?  Well, have a look at a horse sales website and you'll see many blurry pictures 😂     

Next, take the right pictures.  I want to see 10 or more pics on an ad.  The first few pictures should be conformation shots.  Use a side on picture (with the horse standing square) as the first one.  Then add a couple from behind and in front to show leg conformation.  

Then, add some pictures or videos of your horse's basic schooling abilities.  This is different for each type of discipline.  A sport horse should be ridden in the school or free lunged to show his movement if he is unbroken.  

A kids pony would be shown passing cars on a hack, being ridden by beginners and being groomed by small children.  

The last few pictures/videos would be 'action shots'.  So, a jumper at a competition, an eventer riding a cross country course or a dressage horse competing.  

A dun horse wearing a western bridle in a photo shoot for selling


When you have someone who is interested in your horse, the next step is to organise that person to come for a viewing.  Plan for a couple of hours per visit.  Each person may want to do different things on the viewing so ask them beforehand so you can be prepared.  

A basic viewing should include handling in the stable, grooming, tacking up, groundwork and riding.  You may need to split it into a few different days.  

What you are looking for in a potential new owner is a similar competition level, good companionship and overall excitement for your horse.  

A dark bay horse running around a turnout field


I'm sure you've heard the horror stories that surround selling horses and want to avoid it.  there's crazy people everywhere and that includes the equestrian world.  So, skip the crazies by covering yourself legally.  

The first rule is to only accept upfront, immediate payment before your horse leaves your property.  I'm not sure why but so many people make the mistake of agreeing to a payment plan (i.e half now, half later).  This just gives the crazies a cheap horse when they run off with him.  

Next, I'd recommend talking to a legal professional about a sales contract.  For example. if I was selling my horse I'd want to make sure a few things were agreed on. I'd want to be informed if they could no longer keep the horse so I could buy back or find a good home for him myself.  I'd want signed agreement on how the horse is looked after and that I must be told if the buyer moves or changes their phone number.  

And I'm calling other people crazies? 😂

Basically, talk to a legal professional about all the requirements 

A Dapple Grey horse wearing a Bridle while being lunged in a field


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  


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