This is the second part of a three-part series which covers the different options for buying a horse, and things to consider when selecting where to buy your next horse. Today’s topic covers online shopping for horses, but if you would like to read more about other options for where you can buy a horse, check out our recent post on Auctions.
There are many places where you can buy a horse online, and with those options come important things to consider.
- Online Classifieds
The term “online classifieds” covers both your local news paper’s online classifieds, but online classified sources that are specifically for buying and selling horses, such as Equine.com, Ehorses, or Horsefinders. Online classifieds are great because they will often list important information about the horse, as well as a detailed biography from the current owners.
- Facebook Groups
While Facebook classifieds are worth checking out, it may also be helpful to look into Facebook groups! These online communities can be full of like-minded equine enthusiasts, who not only share your interests, but might be connected to breeders, ranchers and trainers. It can be a great place to find a horse, but also discuss care and find opportunities for training, and gear.
- Publications about Breeds or Sports Disciplines
Many times, online magazines about specific breeds, or specific disciplines will include a classified section. This can be a great option if you are looking for a specific breed, or a horse that is trained in a specific way.
Buying a Horse Online Comes with Risks, just like any other method. However, dishonest sellers may be more likely to try and take advantage of the fact that you’re not present, or any lack of horse experience that they may interpret from you. This can come in many forms, such as drugging a horse to make it appear more compliant than it naturally is, or they may take a simpler approach, like exaggerating the temperament of the horse or lying about health records of the horse. Here are some tips to help mitigate potential fraud:
- Ask lots of questions over the phone, email, or text message before agreeing to see the horse and be wary of vague, incomplete, or inconsistent answers.
- What was the training like?
- Does the horse have any bad habits?
- Why are you selling the horse?
- What kind of environment do you think this horse would excel in?
- Does it have experience with children?
- How long have you had this horse?
- Do not begin negotiations until you have seen and/or ridden the horse.
- Ask to see veterinary records or registration papers before you agree to buy the horse.
- Bring an expert with you to view the horse.
- You can often pay a horse instructor, your local horse trainer, and sometimes even veterinarians, to come look at a horse with you before you agree to buy it. This is usually not free, but can save you thousands of dollars. Make sure to ask the expert about their rates.
- Check the seller’s references
- If the seller is still in contact with the trainer, you may be able to contact them directly for specific information about the training process.
Buying a horse can be a very daunting experience, but we hope these posts help you make an educated decision. Follow along for the next post to hear more buying horses and important things to consider.
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