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Home Horse Ownership Buying and Selling a Horse

Buying and Selling a Horse

There are a variety of options for the first-time horse buyer. And the seasoned pro still has more to learn about the processes of buying a horse and selling a horse. Topics covered by Horse Illustrated include different types of horse ownership, leasing vs. purchasing, horse sharing, how to purchase a horse, how to sell a horse, pre-purchase exams, pitfalls to avoid when buying a horse, how much a horse costs, ways to afford a horse, what is involved in having a horse, and much more. Taking the step of purchasing a horse is a big step, but with lots of rewards. Make that process easier with these articles from the Horse Illustrated archives.

If you're planning on buying a new horse, check out which questions to ask and which red flags to look for with the pro tips in this ultimate guide to purchasing your dream horse.
No one goes through life without making mistakes, and luckily for us, most errors have minor consequences. Even so, life with horses raises the bar because they are large, heavy, quick, easy to scare, and require a high level...
Vetting a horse in a pre-purchase exam (PPE) isn’t like looking into a crystal ball. A PPE can’t predict a life-threatening or career-ending injury or a catastrophic diagnosis. Nor is the exam meant to foretell a horse’s future health...
Because virtually every aspect of horse ownership carries some degree of risk, horse owners should consider the possibility that things can sometimes go wrong and lead to legal issues. In most common cases, the horse does not present the...
Knowing how to take a good conformation photo is a handy skill for any horse person to have under their belt. A conformation photo can be a make or break factor in a horse's sale ad, or if you...
There’s something magical about naming a horse. We start off as children with little plastic equines that we stable on our bookcases. We give those horses names like Star or Jet. Then we move up to digital models that...
The decision to sell a horse can be a difficult one, part of which is making sure that your horse reaches a safe landing spot. But there are steps you can take to make sure that happens so you...
Finding a new horse can seem like fun at first, then quickly becomes hard work. You spend hundreds of hours poring through ads and talking to friends who offer hot leads. When you finally find a horse, it’s like...
Because virtually every aspect of horse ownership carries some degree of risk, horse owners should consider the possibility that things can sometimes go wrong. Frequently the horse does not present the only risk: People who will be interacting with...
The sport of driving is a beautiful thing to watch, but it’s even more fun to participate. Two top professionals in the sport—Leslie Cashion of Louisville, Ky., and Jacob Arnold of Goshen, Ky.—offer some key points to consider when...
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