Selling Horses Online
It wasn’t so long ago that selling a horse involved placing an advert in a well-known equestrian weekly and waiting for phone calls from a plethora of possible purchasers. A single image, and a few choice words were all that showed potential buyers what you had to sell. Now with the dawn of social and digital media, your equine advert isn’t complete without a variety of images and video, as well as a degree in social media to know where and when to place your advert. In this article we look at the benefits (and pitfalls) of selling your horse online.
Writing a Good Advert
Deciding whether or not to sell (or loan) a horse or pony is never an easy decision. You may have thought of the idea many times and put the decision off for as long as you can. Once the decision has been made it can be even more difficult to compose a successful horse for sale advert. At Right Horse Right Home we will work with you to find the best of homes for your horse and advise you if your advert needs improving.
Why Advertise with Right Horse Right Home
How often, as owners, when we try to sell or loan our horses have we been inundated with contact from unsuitable candidates who have not taken the time to read your advert fully or who are not realistically in a position to buy or loan a horse. These individuals can be very frustrating indeed wasting valuable time resulting in your horse being advertised longer than necessary. The people who are serious and genuine are often difficult to distinguish from those who are not with potential buyers being lost and time and money being wasted.
How Much is My Horse Worth?
Selling a horse is not easy and when deciding how much your horse is worth its value should not be determined by how much cash is needed to buy the next horse. For many owners, selling horses is not something they do often and putting the advert together and coming up with a realistic price tag can be very difficult. There are many factors that can help to determine the value of your horse which are now explained in more detail.
Should I sell my Horse?
Selling a horse is always a painful process regardless of the reasons why. Sometimes it’s because as a rider you out grow your horses abilities and it’s time to move onto one that can take you farther. Sometimes it’s due to safety and you and your horse just don’t mesh. Other times its due to finances and sometimes it’s time constraints and realizing you just can’t give a horse enough time.
Should I Loan My Horse?
Loaning your horse can be a very positive experience. As an owner you remain a part of the horse’s life, you are their ultimate guardian. By loaning your horse it can be enjoyed by a new family and as an owner you can get great satisfaction from knowing the horse is being used, loved and enjoyed in its new home. By loaning you don’t have the ongoing costs of keeping the horse but can be safe in the knowledge you have total control over his future welfare unlike when you sell a horse, there is always the risk he may end up in the wrong home and you lose all trace of him.
Right Horse Right Home often has an excellent choice of horses for loan, you can view our current list of available loan horses here. Horses that have been loaned through us have gone on to super homes who have a wealth of experience, are happy to sign and adhere to the terms in the loan contracts and have regular visits from the horse’s owner. You can read about the experience of owners and loaners who have used our system on our testimonials page here.
Buying a New Horse
Horses need daily care and are expensive to keep. The livery costs alone can be a huge monthly outlay, add to that the cost of feed, bedding, shoeing, worming, insurance and equipment and your bank balance will never be the same again! Having a contingency budget is also very important as horses have an amazing ability to always cost more than you think.
Why have your new horse vetted?
A pre purchase veterinary examination will vastly reduce the likelihood of buying a horse with underlying health problems and will help enable you to make an informed decision as to whether the horse will meet your needs. Also some insurance companies insist on one being carried out before they will offer you cover. A pre purchase exam is not a pass-fail test or a guarantee of long-term health and soundness, it’s a snapshot of a moment in time.
Why is the Irish Sports Horse so popular?
The Irish Sports Horse has become a very popular breed indeed, taking its superb temperament of honesty and docility from the Irish Draught coupled with its athleticism, speed and endurance from the Thoroughbred. Irish Sport Horses are divided into three types; light weight, middle weight and heavy weight. The type wanted often depends not only on the weight of the rider but also the activity to be pursued, be it hunting, showjumping or dressage.
Right Horse Right Home often has some super Connemara Ponies for Sale. Connemara Ponies are elegant, hardy and intelligent with great agility and superb jumping ability. They are probably the best competition ponies in the world.
Whether you’re looking for a pony for show-jumping or eventing; dressage riding or to utilise as a driving pony, the Connemara cannot be bettered, it is a top class performance pony.
Although not a specific ‘breed’ Cob horses are one of the most popular types of horses in the UK for a variety of different reasons. These characters of the horse world come in all guises – coloured cobs, gypsy cobs, showing cobs, not to mention your good old bombproof happy hacker. Cobs make wonderful hunting horses as well as wonderful friends, in this article we look at which type of cob suits each rider as well as where to find them.
Ex Racehorses for Sale
Rehoming, buying or loaning an ex racehorse can be a rewarding way to find a versatile, athletic and intelligent horse. Many ex-racehorses have proven they can turn their hoof to anything after life on the track be it dressage, eventing, hacking, endurance riding, hunting or showjumping. In this article we explore the best way to go about sourcing and managing an off the track racehorse or retired racehorse.
Happy Hackers for Sale
Horses that are happy hackers are one of the most sought after ‘types’ of horses in the UK for a variety of different reasons. There is no set ‘type’ of horse that fits the ‘happy hacker’ label , they can be Cobs, Gypsy Cobs, ponies and even Thoroughbreds but they must posses one vital behavioural characteristic; they must be good to hack on roads or bridleways, whether that is alone or in company, with other horses or another person on foot or bicycle.
Wireless Horse Trailer Camera
Loading and transporting horses can be a stressful time for both horse and owner and a wireless device such as a horse trailer camera observation system can be that additional reassurance required.
It is not just competition horses that will need to be transported, any horse may at some point in their life need to visit a vet hospital in an emergency or to move yards. It is important that during these times that everyone involved can be as calm and stressfree as possible.
Eventers for Sale and Loan
If you are searching for a horse to event you must first know what level you are currently riding/competing at and then decide how far you want to go. You can either find an eventer for sale that is experienced and use their record as an indication of what they are capable of, or you can buy a younger horse to train up through the levels. Following this, you must then decide on a breed. Eventing is a demanding, athletic sport which requires horses to be trainable for the dressage element with a good brain, careful for the showjumping phase and bold and brave for the cross country.
Hunters for Sale
Finding a horse that is ‘Good To Hunt’ can be difficult due to the demanding nature of the role and the variety of horses that love and are good to hunt. There is no set ‘type’ of horse that fits the ‘good to hunt’ label , they can be Cobs, Irish Sport Horses, and even Thoroughbreds but they must possess one vital behavioural characteristic; they must be safe and sensible when riding out in a large group and at speed.
At Right Horse Right Home we are often asked to help people with the wording for their horse adverts; pictures, videos and will sometimes also be asked for guidance on price. We see horses from tens of thousands of pounds down to £1 and we help every owner as much as we can. However, every now and then there are those ‘special’ horses that we feel a little more for. It might be that the owner is in a desperate situation and is selling a much loved friend due to a sad change in personal circumstance or a horse that is quirky and in the open market could easily end up in the wrong hands.
Irish Draught Horses for Sale
The Irish Draught is renowned for being strong and sound with an intelligent and gentle nature, loved for its docile nature and common sense attitude. The purebred Irish Draught is popular in eventing, showing and as a hunter, as well as police horses due to their temperament and strength.
Schoolmasters for Sale or Loan
A schoolmaster horse is one that has been well trained and has the ability and experience to help a rider learn, perfect their riding skills and help them gain in confidence. There are certain attributes that all good schoolmasters should have but they can also be specialists in one field rather than allrounders.
Horses for Full Loan to Move Yards
Right Horse Right Home often has an excellent choice of horses for permanent loan that are available to move yards, these can be allrounders, happy hackers, bombproof cobs or competition horses for full permanent loan available to move yards. Sometimes there will be a restriction on the distance of how far the horse can move yards to its new location and this is clearly explained on the advert to help loaners make an informed decision on whether they would be eligible to apply and take their interest further.
The Value of Membership with Right Horse Right Home
Our service, unlike any other, far reduces the likelihood of buying the wrong horse and sending your horse off to an unsuitable home, huge costs are thus avoided both monetarily and emotionally. The very fact that over 97% of our members surveyed would recommend our service and would use us again is testament to this fact and as a result, after 2.5yrs, we have decided to marginally increase the cost of membership to better reflect the increased value and service Right Horse Right Home provides.