7 Sale Documentation Tips for International Horse Sales

Posted on 7th October 2021

Animals are some of the best friends for people. And this applies not only to the dogs; no matter their type and breed, animals have this unexplainable ability to affect humans positively. In the past, one of the best animal friends one could have imagined was the horse. This animal was often used as a means of transport and could perform lots of other duties as well. Today, horses often serve a different function, yet they still remain our good old friends.

Buying or selling a horse abroad is quite a challenging task that requires a lot of preparation and planning. Today we will discuss the documents that one may need if they wish to sell a horse abroad.

Documenting Our Hooved Friends

Despite all the technological progress, many people simply cannot part with horses and tend to keep them for different purposes. The documentation of these animals, thus, follows the suit correspondingly. When it comes to farming, for example, horses are often irreplaceable as they still remain among the most powerful and 100% environmentally friendly sources of physical strength that are required on any farm. To make sure those horses are always healthy and can be treated by the vet properly, they must have certain documents filed.

Many people also enjoy watching horse racing, which is considered a serious sport. No need to explain how important the documentation is there, along with its proper translation.

Now, getting straight to the point, here’s what you need to know about international documentation for horses, especially if you plan to sell one.

1. Keep in mind that there’s no specific and unified regulation about horse documentation around the world. Whether you want to transport your horse or sell it to someone in a different country, you will likely need to check specific rules regarding animal transportation and sale in both your home and target country. So, be sure to check out what’s needed for animal sales and transportation in the country you plan to sell your horse in.

2. Make sure to have the written bill of sale. Moreover, it should be signed by both parties and set the specific sale price. Otherwise, you might have some legal issues with an unfair or unethical trader in the future. So, make sure that all the documents you issue for the whole process are in order.

3. Include pictures of the animal. Although a detailed description of the animal should be provided in its documents, it might not always be enough to indicate it specifically. So, make sure to include several recently taken high-quality photographs of an animal.

4. Make sure to document all sales commissions. Although not many countries specify particular regulations regarding horse sales, they still require animals to be sold 100% legally. And that means different commissions along the way (which you should keep in mind as well). So, make sure you not only pay all the fees but also have them properly documented. Not doing so will not cause serious legal issues in some cases, yet it may certainly lead to unnecessary setbacks that might further cause different fines and penalties.

5. Provide all the necessary details in documents. Again, you must always describe your horse as much as you can to avoid any possible confusion in the future. Aside from obvious things to note, like age, gender, color, breed, etc., make sure to also point out the prime activity the horse was trained for. This is especially important when you sell a horse for sports purposes.

In most cases, equine sale documents also have to be properly translated, so checking out the best translator websites should definitely be on your to-do list as you start planning the whole process. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

6. Don’t forget to mention some negative traits and habits. Nobody and nothing is perfect, and neither is the horse you’re selling. Yes, it is important to focus on the good aspects as you sell anything, but giving the future owner of the animal a heads-up about what might go not as expected is totally a good idea. That will definitely increase your credibility and speak loudly of your trustworthiness as a seller.

7. Keep the info simple and brief. Documenting an animal is a complex and demanding process, yet everything should still be short and easy to read. There’s no point in taking too much of everyone’s time, so make sure all the details provided in the documents for your hooved friend are kept as short and simple as possible

Minimizing the Stress for the Animal

While legal matters are important as you sell the horse, it is the animal you should really prioritize. Just like humans, these beautiful creatures can also see, hear, and understand everything. If any part of the process goes wrong, the animal might stress out. This, of course, doesn’t affect its health and future performance positively. Make sure to note our tips, do some additional research, and your horse sale will definitely go smoothly!

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