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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: support@horsescout.co.uk

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.

Horses for sale


Outstanding proven competition horses for sale with Horse Scout. Fantastic records, full history, and the sellers profile is viewable.

Horses and ponies for sale have results , pedigree, ownership, vet certificate and reference history to help to gain buyers trust. Every horse has a history, and can have a future. Honesty is the best policy .

Training the young event horse


Much like a healthy relationship between two people, the relationship between an perspective event horse and rider should aim for interdependence not codependence!

Eventing places demand for fast thinking, quick, and clever response. Horses in production and training mustn’t always rely upon the rider. When galloping down hill in mud, you must know the horse can assess and respect the fence at all levels.

Horses who always look to support will eventually come unstuck, owed to factors such as poor ground, loosing shoes, crowed distraction etc. A well trained jumper can be sharp, athletic, and brave even without a perfect distance. Regular grids, pole work, and help from knowledgeable trainers will assist this development. Every now and then they have to help you!

Horse Scout thought for the day – “train for interdependence the balance between horse and rider, not the horses codependence on you entirely!”

Promoting the event rider


The average event rider struggles to stop for Christmas let alone weekends! Working all day everyday and making them inherently one of the worst relationship candidates there is.

Weekends are dark mornings, caffeine and lorry loading. At best home before dinner if not made the prize giving…

Weekdays are juggling liveries, teaching, sales horses, and dinners with clients. Week evenings often late, often unattractive , and tiered.

Putting such facts to one side- surely for all the input a little helping hand would be appreciated? Well fret no more ! Horse Scout has identified the dedication, and offers free advertising and promotion to riding professionals, and also their yards. The site helps them to be discovered, and expand business.

Have a look and let us know what you think. Here to help !

The Horse Scout Team

Horse experience for a novice rider


When searching for a competition horse, common mistakes lay in the misconception that a potential horse will fit the bill. If you have not yet had competition mileage / experience it is best to buy a horse that knows it’s job.

Take an experienced professional /trainer with you who understands your requirements and is able to help you stay safe, ask the right questions, and ultimately know that your capable of jumping, or hacking the horse in question to minimise risk.

A horse with jumping experience will generally be more forgiving and help get you out of trouble, than a green (younger/ less experienced) one.

Best see proof of experience, by affiliated results, facts, videos, than take a vendors word for it!

Livery yards and facilities


As the rain comes down and winter is finally here, early dark nights, and long wet days the livery yards in the UK struggle on. Horse Scout recommends when you endeavour to select a yard with good facilities. Horse walkers are super for assisting fitness, maintaining movement , and supporting rehabilitation. An indoor school can have huge advantages for training through the winter, enabling both early and late schooling, and a dry environment to train within.

Having professionals live onsite can help ease your mind, knowing the knowledge is there when the vet may not be. Long standing experienced horsemen often know when it is or is not appropriate to call for assistance.

If you are new to being a livery client, always make the yard aware that you may require additional help, to prevent accidents, or breach of yard policy.

Check out our fantastic yards listed with horse scout, view your friends, and there horses connections.

Choosing the right horse for you, buying a horse for the first time


Horse Scout’s top tips:
Horse Scout strongly advises that you stick to your itinerary: the choices you make should be guided by the person helping, managing, training you — and not influenced by the seller.

Age: This is a common conundrum… the novice rider needs an animal to have been backed and in regular work for at least a couple of years. Purchasing a 5-year-old with little time under saddle may be problematic, as horses will grow and change in temperament. As a rule of thumb, horses decrease in value after 11 years; age starts from January each year. Therefore buying a 10-year-old in December will leave you with an 11-year-old horse in January.
Budget: If the animal seems too good to be true, it probably is! Unless you have a personal connection to the seller, there may be a veterinary issue, which is not being disclosed, or there could be a lack of suitability of the horse for required purpose.
Type: Consider what you want your horse to do and view potential horses accordingly. If you want a quiet schoolmaster, don’t be tempted to view a young feisty thoroughbred. If you want something to hunt, don’t be impressed by something with flashy movement that probably won’t stand up to running on unlevel ground.
Breed: Avoid full blood thoroughbreds as a first horse unless the animal has references and history already suited to your needs. Mixed-blood ‘colder’ breeding will lend to an easier/less sharp temperament. After all, you would not purchase a Ferrari as your child’s first car!
Size: Horses can grow until they are 8 years old and breed will dictate the chance of the horse having a late growth spurt. Seek advice from a vet/professional when buying a youngster.
Sex: Consider where the animal will be kept. Some yards have a gelding-only policy. Always ask when a gelding has been gelded if young, as it may still have stallion tendencies!
History: If you’re looking to compete, buy an animal with a competition history. The animal’s experience will help to keep you confident eg if you are embarking upon a show jumping horse, buy a horse with a BSJA record, NOT just on a ticket.
Research: Keep looking at Horse Scout frequently. A good horse will go quickly. Horse Scout adverts get rated for the amount of information given – if it hasn’t got five stars find out why and ask appropriate questions.
Trial: If you arrive at the venue and immediately know the horse is not for you, say so. You’ll only be wasting the owner’s time and yours. Visit the horse more than once, as this may unveil character flaws or you might merely have missed something on your first visit. See the horse ridden before you get on, watch the horse jump before you jump, and hack alone and in company if hacking is important to your requirements. Video the visit so that you can watch it at home with someone whose opinion you trust and ask as many questions as possible.
Vetting: Confirm that the seller is happy to have the horse vetted, and possibly x-rayed before you book a visit. However, weigh up what level of vetting you need. If the horse is just for hacking, a three-star vetting may be enough.
Horse Scout believes there is a home for every horse.

Best of luck – the Horse Scout Team!