Searching online for a horse is convenient, with a huge variety of breeds and individual horses to choose from. However, it’s important to ensure that you are well informed when buying a horse online, to avoid being caught by the common pitfalls.
The majority of online horse sellers are trustworthy, reputable owners. However, there are a small minority of people that are trying to con you out of your money. To avoid losing out there are a number of measures you should take –
Never part with money before you have seen the horse – If the seller asks for a deposit or payment upfront before seeing the horse, simply refuse! No reputable seller will expect this.
Check the owner – If the horse is registered you should check that the seller is its current owner by running a check with the appropriate sporting or breed organisation.
Visit and inspect the horse – It is strongly advised that you also have a vet examine the horse before purchasing.
By following these simple measures you will have a simple, hassle-free online buying experience. If you’re interested in buying a horse online, check out the listings on The Horse Exchange.