Some owners keep and care for their horses until they are old, others enjoy the experience of buying a young horse or with a projection with the intention of selling it, in order to obtain a profit in the future./p>
Likewise, some people kindly offer to help a friend in the process of selling a horse that has not worked well or is no longer suitable for whatever reason.
But before moving on, have you considered whether you are a private or commercial seller in the eyes of the law? "Of course I'm a private seller," you might think. "I'm not a horse seller ..."
You may not be a horse dealer, but you may be surprised when the law considers you a horse dealer.
Legal obligations of who sells a horse.
You must have the legal right to sell the horse or have the authorization of the legal owner to sell the horse.
Make sure that any description you provide of the horse, both in the advertisement and orally to any potential buyer, is correct.
Do not make statements about the horse that you know are false or that you are not sure they are true.
If the horse you are selling is not your property and you are doing it on behalf of the owner, let any potential buyer know it from the beginning. If you do not, you could be personally liable to a buyer if things go wrong.
Extra legal Obligations who sells a horse.
The horse must be fit for the purpose for which it was sold.
The horse must be of a satisfactory quality taking into account the description, the price and other important factors.
How to protect yourself as a seller
Once you have decided whether you are a private or commercial seller in the eyes of the law, if you are selling a horse in your name or for another person, you should keep the following in mind to ensure that you are protected if: things go wrong .
Make sure you have found out who is the legal owner of the horse and who has the right to sell it.
Write down in writing the agreed terms of the sale, including the commission to be paid for the sale, who pays for the ads and where they should be placed, etc. These terms can be incorporated into a specific sales agreement.
Make sure the horse's passport is up to date and correct before selling it.
If you are selling on behalf of another person and you write the ad, have the owner approve it before it is published.
If you receive a deposit from a potential buyer, agree exactly what are the terms for the refund and / or retention of the deposit.
Continue with the horse insurance until it has been delivered / picked up by the new owner.
If there is any delay between the collection / delivery of the horse, make a complete series of photographs of the horse before it leaves your property. (This is especially important if a transport company collects the horse on behalf of the buyer).
Make sure the payment has been entered into your account before the horse leaves your property.
Good luck. We hope these tips help you achieve a sale without problems.