Category Archives: Horses For Sale

Selling a horse should be simple, straightforward and quick, as long as it is completed in a professional and friendly manner.

Horses for sale from professionals


Buying from a professional yard or individual

The school of thought “never buy from a professional” could be contested in  this day and age. It is understood that there may be anxiety surrounding the purchasers inability   to match the professionals riding, and as a consequence the horse may change in its behaviour, and performance.

Horse Scout believe there can be merit in buying from individuals within the industry, as horses are genuinely being sold to help finance the sellers riding career, yard rentals, etc. This would indicate horses are not being sold due to a problem, or a fault, and therefore it can be a safe purchase.

One of areas to consider if you are buying from a professional environment is your ability to maintain the work load for that horse. On a professional yard horses may be going on a walker  daily, and receive a strict work structure, be sure to understand the volume and intensity of work before taking the horse home.

Common misconception- allowing the horse to ‘settle in’. The best policy is to keep the horse relaxed by maintaining the work load it has been accustomed.




Oliver Townend and Horse Scout


Horse Scout are supported by the Yorkshire born and bred Oliver Townend, now based in Shropshire, and is involved with both his own event horse production at Gadlas Farm, but also Harthill Stud. Oliver inherited his love of horses from his parents. His mother Eve showed side-saddle at county level and his father Alan competed successfully in three day eventing. His early success was gained on a 14.2hh pony Cool Mule, with whom he won a class at the Horse of the Year Show and also represented Great Britain on the Pony Eventing Team at European Championship level.

In 2005 the Hon William Russell’s Topping provided Oliver with his first opportunity to ride at Badminton where he finished in 12th place; earning them selection to the FEI European Championships,Blenheim, that year. Edward and Robert Nicholson’s Flint Curtis took over as Oliver’s top horse in 2006 after achieving third at Badminton with Oliver, the horse’s first CCI4* event. Oliver remained on the British Squad, riding Flint as an individual at the Aachen WEG that year, before earning his first team place – and a European Championship gold medal – at Pratoni in 2007.

Among many international successes, Oliver was the triumphant winner of both of the world’s largest three day Events in 2009, taking both Badminton and Burghley winning titles.


2009 European Championships (Flint Curtis)
2007 European Championships: 12th (Flint Curtis)
2006 World Equestrian Games: 11th (Flint Curtis)
2005 European Championships (Flint Curtis)

Oliver has produced and sold some of the best event horses in history, Oliver always has horses for sale, and has an exceptional depth of horses being run every season.


How to avoid online scams


Whether you are buying or selling on Horse Scout, please always remain alert and avoid any deal or offer that looks suspicious. Here at Horse Scout we strive to prevent scammers operating on our site. However, we cannot be held responsible for the accuracy or legitimacy of any ad, or the validity of any buyer.

We do not tolerate scammers and if we are told that a scammer is using the site we will instantly revoke their access to it.

If you believe you have been contacted by a scammer, please report it to us by emailing:

Find below of some common scams and what to do if you believe you are being targeted.

Types of scam
Steer clear of requests to use money transfer services. This includes sites like Western Union or MoneyGram. Any cash transferred using these services will be made available immediately to the recipient. You may also hear of scammers asking you to prove you have funds by showing them a receipt of a transfer you have made to someone you know. This receipt will contain a tracking number, which is all scammers need to collect your money. Any request to use money transfer services should be treated with extreme caution. Many scams rely on the instant access to cash that these services provide. At the end of the day, these services are not designed to be used by strangers and should not be used to pay for any items sold on classified advertising sites.

Do not give out any of your personal information. This includes bank and credit card details, as well as logins and passwords. Horse Scout does not send out emails asking you to send us your personal details, such as bank details. So even if you do get an email pretending to be from us asking for this information, don’t follow any of the links or provide your details to the sender.

Do not accept cheques that are an overpayment. Some scammers may send you a cheque for more than the agreed price as a ‘mistake’ (for example, ‘accidentally’ adding an extra nought on the end, or putting the decimal point in the wrong place). They will then be asked for the surplus money to be returned. The cheque will clear, only to be refused a few weeks later. This means you will be out of pocket by the total amount that the cheque was for, and without the item you’ve sold.

Do not agree to arrange and pay a shipping agent yourself. Similar to the above, some scammers will suggest they pay you for shipping, plus for the item for sale itself, and then ask you to arrange shipping through an agent they stipulate. This third party shipping agent will also be involved in the scam. Again, the cheque will clear but then be refused weeks later, leaving you out of pocket.

Be wary of overseas buyers. If someone overseas responds to your advert and wants you to ship the item abroad, without even having seen the item, alarm bells should start ringing. You may find that scammers use any of the above tactics to get their hands on your money, or use other methods such as a ‘hard-luck’ story regarding a family member and ask you to return cash for the purchase. Again, their cheque will clear and then eventually be refused, and you will have lost the money you ‘returned’ to the scammer.

Our tips for avoiding scams
– Steer clear of money transfer services. Services like Western Union and MoneyGram make cash instantly available and should not be used at any point during a transaction between strangers.
– If someone calls you up asking for your bank or credit card details, be suspicious and don’t give them these details.
– If someone responds to a classified advertisement you have placed and wants you to ship the item abroad, without even having seen the item, be wary.
– If they offer to pay you the amount of the item, plus the shipping costs, and ask you to arrange the shipping and pay the shipping agent yourself, be suspicious.
– Be wary of overseas buyers. Horse Scout is a UK-based classified site and we recommend you be cautious when dealing with anyone based outside the UK.
– Do not be reassured if you receive a cheque or a banker’s draft and your bank clears it as soon as you pay it into your account. It may still be a forgery, and if so, you will lose out.
– Finally, if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is!

What to do if you’ve been scammed
If you believe you have been a victim of a scam or fraud you need to report the incident to the police as soon as possible.