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.
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.