Before contacting or visiting the seller please make sure you have printed and read this checklist fully. Do NOT buy a horse from the seller unless you are happy that they follow all the advice on the list.
Do your research firstGetting a new horse is a massive commitment, so make sure you have researched the breed fully and have the time and commitment necessary to care for the horse. You can read our detailed Information guide about horses for potential new horse owners.
Confirm that the seller is genuineYou should verify this by arranging to visit the horse at the seller's stable, if they make excuses or try to ask for money or a deposit without seeing the horse, or if the seller attempts to deliver the horse or meet you at any other location than their own home, then please do not agree to this. NEVER send money online for any horse. Please read our article on avoiding potential scams. If you are unsure that the seller is genuine, please report them to us (see how here).
Is the horse over 6 months of age?Horses must be at least 6 months old before they can leave their mothers.
Check the Health of the horseIt can be difficult for the average person to check if a horse is healthy or not, so if you decide to adopt or buy the horse, make sure that you get an equine specialist veterinary surgeon to perform a full veterinary assessment of the horse before you agree that you will buy the horse.
Other useful resources
Please read visit our Horse Advice section for further information before buying a horse or pony. Here are a few very useful articles you should read first:
- Buying the Right Horse
- Getting a Horse or Pony Vetted Prior to Purchase
- What to Avoid When Buying a Horse
- Which Horse Breed is Best for Me?
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