Buying A Horse

Buying A Horse

For many riders owning their own horse is their ultimate dream. However, before buying a horse for the first time check out the advice and tips provided in our guides to the costs involved, understanding horse for sale adverts, enquiring and viewing a horse, the vetting procedure, sample sales contract and more.

Before buying a horse there are many things to consider carefully such as the costs, the time and commitment involved and where to keep the horse so check out this guide to the needs of a horse or pony.

Some horse auctions offer pre-vetted horses or the option of having a horse vetted when sold at auction, whilst others offer horses that are warranted or sold as seen.  This guide outlines the different options that may be offered.

Finding the right horse can be a long and costly process so before starting your search be prepared for the costs involved in finding the perfect horse.

Premium horse auctions can be a good source for quality horses whilst local monthly horse auctions may not have such a good reputation and buying a horse can be risky. Find out about the different types of horse auctions from this guide.

Before buying a horse it is important to consider the costs of owning a horse and this guide details the average regular costs involved in keeping a horse.

Check out our guide to viewing horses, trial riding and bidding tips when attending a horse auction.

There are many terms and abbreviations used in horse for sale adverts.  Check out our guide to the more common abbreviations and phrases used in horse for sale adverts.

It is important to be aware of any additional fees before bidding on any horse in an auction to avoid any nasty surprises when paying for the horse.  Check out this guide to fees to look out for.

Before looking through horse for sale adverts decide on the type of horse to buy and make up a list of criteria with the help of our guide.

When looking to buy a new horse there are a few places to consider and our guide details each to help you decide which are the best places to consider.

Before enquiring about a horse advertised for sale make a list of questions to ask the seller and have this list to hand together with a pen to write down the answers when calling about the horse.  Our guide provides a checklist of questions to ask.

A pre-purchase vetting is a sensible precaution when buying a horse as a vetting can not only identify any existing health problems with a horse but may also identify potential health risks. Our guide details the stages and procedure for a horse vetting.

Viewing a potential new horse can be an exciting experience and it is always a good idea to take an experienced advisor along when viewing a horse advertised for sale who can look at the horse totally objectively.  Read our advice about what to check when viewing the horse.

A sample horse sale contract template for guidance only.  Legal advice should be sought to ensure that that any written agreement is legally binding.