Sales by Professional Riders

Horse owners use professional riders (who are usually also skilled trainers) to market and sell their horses.   These riders are seen to endorse such horses as particularly talented and capable of fulfilling the buyer’s aspirations to compete successfully or ride without worries.   The horses are kept in training and might be competed during the sales…

Agreed or Market Value Insurance

It is because horse fatalities happen in accidental circumstances that horse owners consider taking out insurance to provide compensation for the loss arising from mortality (including euthanasia on a vet’s recommendation). Insurance can be costly but even more daunting is the fine print: policy conditions and exclusions can result in a denial of a claim…

Studs and Colts

Studs are sometimes concerned that a mare might produce a colt which could stand in competition to its own stallion.  If a stallion has, for example, a unique colour characteristic or some other unique trait, the stud will try to exact an undertaking that the breeder will geld any colt. The stud and a breeder…

Leasing a Broodmare

Leasing a broodmare to breed a foal is an option if the price of a quality weanling or young horse is unaffordable.  With semen available from superior sires, improving a mare’s attributes with a sire known to stamp his progeny with desirable characteristics, like a good temperament or a strong back, is a realistic goal…

Breeding expectations

Competition amongst studs and semen suppliers to attract breeders is fierce and with the season now underway, what factors might a breeder wish to consider besides pedigree and a mare’s suitability to breed.  Advertising can be short on detail and because there is no legal requirement to give any minimum information, the breeder needs to…

Interstate Disputes

Interstate sales of horses are now common over the internet.  If the purchase proves unsatisfactory for any reason which would entitle the buyer to a refund of the purchase price, the buyer will have to decide where to bring a claim if the seller refuses to refund the money.  Is a claim brought in the…

Safety of Farriers

Farriery is an occupation which puts the farrier at risk of personal injury from a horse.  If, as farriers have informed me, it is becoming difficult to get any, or any adequate, personal injury insurance against such risk, they must look to other ways to protect themselves physically and to transfer to the horse owner…