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Tips For Buying a Horse Online


More and more folks are looking to the Internet to find their next cat, dog or horse. While this offers a convenient solution and broader selection outside of ones locality, it can be fraught with unseen expenses and potential heartache. It seems inevitable that buying horses online will become more the norm than the exception as the Internet grows. With that in mind, following is a short list of what one should do when looking to purchase their horse through an online source.

1. Call the seller - don't just email. You'd be surprised at how many folks have never spoken a word with the seller until after the money changed hands.

2. Ask for a recent video. Most Internet-savvy sellers already have videos on hand and will have no problem with that request. Some sellers will not have access to a video camera, and in that case, you need to try to find someone who can go to where the horse is and check him out, or, better yet, go yourself if possible. Of course, your requirements in a horse and budget will determine if it is worth all the time and money spent making sure the horse is what you want. A $1500 animal might not warrant a $300 plane ticket plus other expenses. It would really be best to look more local for your next equine friend in that case.

3. If you seem fairly certain that the horse is for you, hire a local vet to go over and give a check to your prospective horse. If one doesn't do anything else here, hiring a vet should be the minimum that is done when buying a horse online. Just doing the standard Coggins and general overview for transportation purposes won't cut the mustard. Have the vet look over the teeth, eyes, hooves, muscle condition and coat condition. A horse is finely attuned to everything in and about it - if anything is wrong it usually shows up in the eyes or coat at the very minimum. Ask the vet for an objective opinion as to if the horse is sound and easy to manage. A vet chose their field because they had an extraordinary affinity towards animals - they have more skills than just their medical knowledge when it comes to animals, or in this case, horses - make use of them.

4. Ask for references for previous horse buyers from the seller. If this is a one-time sale with no other references available - then depend on a phone interview with pre-determined questions. A caring, honest seller will gladly answer your questions as well as ask you plenty too.

5. Make sure you have insurance coverage for the transport. Most commercial horse transporters will carry a certain degree of insurance to cover accidents and mishaps, however, it would behoove you to carry extra insurance on your horse, especially in the event he/she falls ill during or after the transport.

6. The very best advice is for a potential owner to make the trip themselves, inspect the horse personally, bring in a local vet for checks, and spend time communicating with the horse to assure him/her that everything will be fine once they arrive to their new home. Making the trip with your horse will help them to become accustomed to you as their one constant and will pave the way for a much smoother homecoming.

This is but a short list of what one should be looking at when buying a horse online. You may get lucky and hook up with a seller who has all of the above and more ready for your look-see, but just to be on the safe side, it's best to know at least some of the minimums that need to be addressed. Always keep the horses well-being in mind when deciding that you just have to get that beautiful looking Paint horse who happens to be 2000 miles away. If the horse isn't feeling 100% in the first place, and you put him through the stress of an uncomfortable long haul, you may be doing some major harm to the frightened horse that could end up being a heartbreak for all concerned.

Cris Mandelin-Wood owns several websites covering pets. Animal welfare issues are of special interest.


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  1. Animal experts provide tips to keep pets safe during 4th of July Weekend  KXAN.com
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  3. Pets vs fireworks: Helping your pet's pyrotechnic panic  St George News
  4. Animal Owners are Responsible for Securing their Pets over the 4th of July Weekend  Alachua County
  5. Celebrate safely with your pets this Fourth of July  KIIITV.com
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ASPCA employee discusses how to keep pets safe this summer  Spectrum News NY1

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Tips to help keep pets safe this summer  Longview News-Journal

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Red, white and woof: Pets show off patriotic pride at Amarillo Community Market Pet Parade  Amarillo Globe-News

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Pets scared of fireworks? What Bay Area animal experts say you can do  KRON4

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The Complex Challenge of Transporting Pets  The Foreign Service Journal

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Why You Should Rethink Letting Your Pets Sleep With You  CNET

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Furry Friend Friday: Fireworks anxiety in pets  KSWO

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Pets on paracetamol: animals at risk as owners struggle with vet bills  The Guardian

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Pets provide benefits to mental, physical health of children  Moscow-Pullman Daily News

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Pets & Their People  Reporter Newspapers

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KC Pet Project shelter filled back up after 300 pets arrived this week  KCTV 5

Colorado Springs shops offer pup cups, pupcakes and more for pets - Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs shops offer pup cups, pupcakes and more for pets  Colorado Springs Gazette

Charleston Animal Society offering ‘pet amnesty’ July 5th through 8th - Live 5 News WCSC
Charleston Animal Society offering ‘pet amnesty’ July 5th through 8th  Live 5 News WCSC

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Dear Mother Earth: Plastic pollution and pets | Weekend Magazine | rutlandherald.com  Rutland Herald

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More space for vets and pets: New 40,000-foot veterinary clinic opens at LSU  The Advocate

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KCAS Pets of the Week: Blimpie and Lola  WOODTV.com

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Epi-Pet's FDA-Authorized K-9 Care Sunscreen for Dogs Continues to Break Sales Records  Business Wire

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Introducing The Gucci Pet Collection For The Most Glamorous Pets  Haute Living

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Financial, housing insecurities leading more people to surrender pets, Seattle Humane says  KING5.com

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Safety measures from first responders to prevent leaving child or pets in hot car  WHSV

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Amid Ukraine War, Volunteers Help Displaced People and Pets  Voice of America - VOA News

Louisville Metro Animal Services may have to euthanize adoptable pets - Courier Journal
Louisville Metro Animal Services may have to euthanize adoptable pets  Courier Journal

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Chatham's 'Patriotic Pets' Gather at Chatham Borough Farmers' Market; Help Kick off Independence Day Celebration  TAPinto.net

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Best DIY ideas to make your home pet friendly  Interesting Engineering

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Family, pets displaced after central Austin duplex fire  KXAN.com

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Survey: 93% of pets are part of 'family' for Oregonians  Portland Tribune

Moses Lake Firefighters Save Pets from Mobile Home Fire - KPQ
Moses Lake Firefighters Save Pets from Mobile Home Fire  KPQ

Pets Don’t Just Make for Good Company—Sometimes They Help Sell Homes, Too - The Wall Street Journal
Pets Don’t Just Make for Good Company—Sometimes They Help Sell Homes, Too  The Wall Street Journal

PAAC offering free spay, neuter to pet owners in two Corpus Christi zip codes - Caller Times
PAAC offering free spay, neuter to pet owners in two Corpus Christi zip codes  Caller Times

Pets get microchipped for free ahead of 4th of July weekend - ConchoValleyHomepage.com
Pets get microchipped for free ahead of 4th of July weekend  ConchoValleyHomepage.com

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Pets Fur People Pet of the Week – Jewel & Ivy  Gilmer Mirror

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New LEGO BrickHeadz Pets Sets for August 2022 Release  The Brick Fan

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'Pet Pals TV': The dangers of keeping your pets in hot cars  WISH TV Indianapolis, IN

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Best practices for taking your pet to a veterinarian  Fox11online.com

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Pets May Be Less Terrified July 4th, As Indiana Firework Sales Fizzle  Patch

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Banfield Pet Hospital's secret to happier vets and healthier pets  DVM 360

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Poisoned pets: ‘I will never forget about her,’ says pet owner  KMID - Local 2 News

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These pets make the best senior companions  Seniors Matter

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Cape Fear Gardening: Protecting your pets from dangerous water  WECT

Animal Tracks: Shelter has pets in need of homes - Dothan Eagle
Animal Tracks: Shelter has pets in need of homes  Dothan Eagle

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Adoption fees waived to spare pets from fireworks, but outbreak puts cat adoptions on hold  Denton Record Chronicle

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🌱 Oceanside Top July Events + SD County Crime Log + Keep Pets Safe  Patch

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Animal shelter in NMB already over capacity stresses watching pets this weekend  wpde.com

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3 Ways Pet Insurance Is Different From Human Health Insurance  The Motley Fool

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10 Best Chewy Blue Box Event Pet Deals (2022): Cat and Dog Supplies  WIRED

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Our Favorite Real Housewives Pets  Reality Tea

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BlixTerm Brings Full-Speed YouTube Video To The Commodore PET  Hackaday

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Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster?  FEMA

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Ventura County officials warn of heightened coyote threat to pets  VC Star

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Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune  Chicago Tribune

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The best pets of 2022 (so far)  Mashable

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Looking For a Pet? Pets in Miami Dade Shelters Are Looking for a Forever Home  NBC 6 South Florida

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Parasitic worms found across US parks put kids, pet owners at risk  FOX 7 Austin

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For those who don't enjoy fireworks, some tips for this holiday weekend  MPR News

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Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg  The Gabber Newspaper

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Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for June 6th, 2022  Clarksville Online

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How pets give your kids a brain boost  BBC

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Packed Bay Area Animal Shelters Need Help Finding Homes for Pets  NBC Bay Area

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Pets of the Week - Meet Bruno & Charles  City of Arlington

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Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you  NBC News

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Photos: Bully breeds show off in Collinsville | Pets | stltoday.com  St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Sophie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

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Homeward Pet: Pets of the Week | Community | nwnews.com  Woodinville Northwest News

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Clinic helps pets and their human companions at Red Lake  MPR News

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How to keep your pets calm and safe during Fourth of July fireworks  The Keene Sentinel

LIST: Adoptable pets at the Houston Humane Society - KPRC Click2Houston
LIST: Adoptable pets at the Houston Humane Society  KPRC Click2Houston

Dog attack leaves one pet dead, another seriously injured in Salem, Massachusetts - WCVB Boston
Dog attack leaves one pet dead, another seriously injured in Salem, Massachusetts  WCVB Boston

Kansasville fire at mobile home center; 1 injured, pet dead - FOX 6 Milwaukee
Kansasville fire at mobile home center; 1 injured, pet dead  FOX 6 Milwaukee

Protect your pet during excessive heat - ICgov.org
Protect your pet during excessive heat  ICgov.org

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Talking pets and parasites with U of M  UMN News

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'Pet Pals TV': Happy Place Therapy Farm  WISH TV Indianapolis, IN

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New Data Shows Increase in Number of Pets Killed in U.S. Shelters for the First Time in 5 Years  PEOPLE

Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022 - Investopedia
Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022  Investopedia

Tulsa Humane Society Giving Away Free Pet Supplies - News On 6
Tulsa Humane Society Giving Away Free Pet Supplies  News On 6

Monroe County Animal Control features its Pets of the Week - Monroe Evening News
Monroe County Animal Control features its Pets of the Week  Monroe Evening News

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As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them  Anchorage Daily News

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Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof  Seattle Met

Pets available for adoption - week of 06/06/22 | PHOTOS - Capital Gazette
Pets available for adoption - week of 06/06/22 | PHOTOS  Capital Gazette

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From food to fireworks: Protecting your pets from holiday hazards  NewsNation Now

NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business - Spectrum News
NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business  Spectrum News

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Front Porch, Tumbleweed, Knock Knock: How Austin Pets Alive! names its pups  KXAN.com

Emotional support pets: experts warn of animal welfare risk - The Guardian
Emotional support pets: experts warn of animal welfare risk  The Guardian

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Pets of the Week, Meet the Coffee kittens  Fort Leavenworth Lamp

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A luxurious new pet resort and market, Royal Pets, is opening in Midtown Tampa  thatssotampa.com

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PLAN AHEAD FOR THE PETS & KIDS THIS STORM SEASON – OFFICIAL FLORIDA KEYS HURRICANE GUIDE  Florida Keys Weekly

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BBB CONSUMER TIPS: Lost pet scams: Are you at risk?  Charleston Post Courier

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Ready to save a life? Here’s why fostering animals is a ‘critical component’ for local shelters  WJXT News4JAX

SoMD Pets in Need Cat of the Week: Diego - The Southern Maryland Chronicle
SoMD Pets in Need Cat of the Week: Diego  The Southern Maryland Chronicle

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Tommy, Lady, & Elle  SweetwaterNOW

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Serenity, Phoebe, Piper and Prue, & Milo  SweetwaterNOW

Pets can boost your brain power, study says - CNN
Pets can boost your brain power, study says  CNN

How to prepare for a smooth PCS with your pets - United States Army
How to prepare for a smooth PCS with your pets  United States Army

Pet-friendly recreation - Michigan (.gov)
Pet-friendly recreation  Michigan (.gov)

Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for April 18th, 2022 - Clarksville Online
Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for April 18th, 2022  Clarksville Online

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Playing for Pets is Thursday and Friday  SIU News

Editors’ picks: 27 pet products we’ve tried and absolutely love - CNN Underscored
Editors’ picks: 27 pet products we’ve tried and absolutely love  CNN Underscored

Pet Ownership Statistics: 78% of Pet Owners Acquired Pets During Pandemic - Forbes
Pet Ownership Statistics: 78% of Pet Owners Acquired Pets During Pandemic  Forbes

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Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons  PsychCentral.com

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National Pet Day: Here are the most searched pets (besides cats and dogs) in Ohio, KY  The Cincinnati Enquirer

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