Buying a horse can be an overwhelming experience for many. The stress and pressure of getting it right the first time can sometimes seem like too much to take on. So to help you out, we have created a simple two-part guide to buying a horse and here is part two.
Of course, we are only scratching the surface here so asking experts for their advice and guidance along the way is paramount to help avoid disasters!
Step 3 — Sealing the deal
Once you have decided that this horse is the one for you, it’s time to negotiate on price. Don’t be embarrassed by haggling on price — many owners will advertise their horses for a price higher than that they are expecting to receive in order to make room for haggling. At this stage you should also investigate whether the horse will come with anything, such as tack or rugs — you’ve got nothing to lose by asking and it could save you a bob or two!
It is essential that you ask for a written receipt and it is worth keeping the original advert as proof of what the vendor was selling him as.
Finally if you are insuring your new horse, make sure the policy is in place before the horse arrives at his new home.
Step 4 — Pre-purchase vetting
Organising a vetting for your potential new horse is highly recommended. Most insurance companies will insist on a five-stage vetting, although you may find this is only necessary if your horse is over a certain value. Instead a two-stage vetting is plenty to give you peace of mind.
Ideally you want to be present when the vetting takes place (preferably by your own vet) so that you can be there to discuss each phase with the vet should problems arise. You may also want to consider adding X-rays onto the vetting as these aren’t included in the five-stage procedure.
Once the vetting is complete be realistic with any problems that might have been thrown up. Will these problems adversely affect what you want to do with the horse or are they manageable? You can discuss all of these points with the vet to make an informed decision.
Step 5 — When your new horse arrives
If the vend delivers your new horse to you, ensure they unload him from the horsebox upon arrival just in case anything goes wrong — disasters can happen and if you are exchanging money once the horse is off the lorry should any last minute injuries occur, the horse won’t yet be your responsibility.
Don’t be tempted to tack up your horse as soon as he has arrived. Let him settle in — the whole process of moving house and changing owners can often be very stressful for the horse. Once on though, don’t rush into anything and don’t expect everything to click into place straight away.
All being well you will have made a great choice and you will be set to enjoy many years of fun and happiness with your new horse.
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