You’ll find details of all decisions to consider when seeking horses for sale and horses for loan in this free advice guide by the British Horse Society, from finding the right horse for you to what is involved in the general everyday care of the new addition to your family. If you do decide it’s right for you, and that you can make the necessary commitment, you will have one of the most rewarding experiences you can have in your life in owning a horse, and a wonderful new best friend too.

It is a legal requirement that all horses, ponies, donkeys and mules have a Horse Passport. Our dedicated team is on hand to provide more advice on how to make sure you’re within the law.


The prospect of owning a horse is exciting but there are a number of important considerations that will need to be taken into account. Making the decision to buy a horse or pony shouldn’t be taken lightly or rushed into. Buying a horse that turns out to be unsuitable or unsafe can be extremely upsetting and potentially leave the new owner in a difficult situation. Taking the time to fully research and assess the impact owning a horse will have on your daily routine is imperative.

Before even embarking on the search for a horse, there are several issues that need careful consideration:

If you need advice regarding a breach of contract, whether this is a contract of sale or loan agreement, this is classed as a civil matter and professional legal advice needs to be sought. Unfortunately, the BHS cannot help to resolve civil matters.

However, if you’re a BHS Gold member you can get excellent free advice by calling the legal helpline using the number on the back of your membership card. Not a member? To gain access to the legal helpline, as well as a host of other benefits, join the BHS now.


Buying a horse or pony is expensive so many people look to loaning a horse instead as it removes the initial capital expense.

Although a horse on loan should be cared for as well as if it belonged to the loaner, it’s a less permanent arrangement than purchasing and it can be a fantastic first step towards having a horse of your own.

Find out more about loaning a horse.


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