Episode 116: Selling or rehoming an older horse

This episode contains general thoughts around selling horses and I answer a listener asks a question about a horse who is aging: how to find him the best next place and be sure that he will be well taken care of.
I discuss reasons for selling, including,
Safety- Training mismatch between horse and rider
Enjoyment- energy level mismatch
financial mismatch- can’t afford to keep them, can’t afford to have multiples
And I offer ideas on how to prevent them from slaughter.

Links mentioned in podcast:

Episode 108- 3 observations from almost buying a horse.


  1. Rebecca on February 3, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Thank you for answering my question, Stacy! You are right that the fear is real of not being able to control what would happen to him if I sold him. I love how you talk about the door opening or closing and I’ll stay hopeful that the right opportunity will present itself. And thank you for reminding me that there are a LOT of good horse owners out there, and that he would probably even enjoy the change. Thankfully I’m still enjoying him and he’s still keeping up with me for now. I feel a bit better informed about what the next few years may look like for us. Thank you!

    • Stacy Westfall on February 3, 2021 at 9:58 pm

      You are VERY welcome!

  2. Lori Bradley on February 3, 2021 at 3:47 am

    Do you have anything to offer us in matching you to a new horse (horse purchase)? How to know which horse will pair up nicely, and how to understand the capabilities of the horse I order to match your goals, and possibly getting a better understanding of what the horse is most interested in before you buy? This last point I can provide an example where we bought a horse which did not enjoy dressage, the endless flat work about the discipline. However, once you put a cow in front of him, he excelled and enjoyed his job. Perhaps we could rephrase saying; how to better understand what the horse would excel at. Do you have a podcast already done on this topic? Is it possible to find direction on these points of interest?

    • Stacy Westfall on February 3, 2021 at 9:20 am

      Great questions! I’m going to answer it in tomorrows blog!

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