Many people take the strong view that they would feel safer buying a horse from a private seller rather than a dealer. Bear in mind that there are more good dealers than bad out there, just as there are more honest private sellers than not. Many of the dealers, whose yards we go into on a regular basis, deal honestly in good quality ponies and horses which are sold as described and these dealers rely on maintaining a good reputation in order to safeguard their living.
If you are buying a horse from a private seller we recommend that you ask the seller to disclose previous veterinary history. This can only be released by the owner of the horse and we suggest asking them to ask their practice to fax the history directly to us BEFORE the vetting so that the vet can have a look at it. If the owner is reluctant to release the history it is sensible to ask yourself why.