Low Risk Horse Buying
Buying a horse can be a risky process which can be
expensive if you get it wrong, we aim to reduce that risk for you as
much as possible. By buying from Oakfield Icelandics you get the following:-
- The ability to come and try the horse
several times. We insist you try it out in
company, both in front and behind, on it's own, and in traffic. We set things up so you
know what happens if someone canters past you or if you separate from other horses you are
- Choice. We aim to keep a
selection of horses for sale and carefully match the horse to your ability and desires. If
you are nervous please tell me, we often have horses suitable for nervous riders.
- We tell you everything we know about
a horse, both good and bad. This includes vices,
sweet itch (if any), character, history of what the horse has done in the past, whether it
was a private leisure horse, a trekking horse, or a brood mare. If it is a youngster we
tell you how long it has been under saddle for, whether it had big issues with it's
training or if it took to it easily, anything else we found as we went through the
- Vetting. We encourage
you to have the horse vetted and will do the ridden stage of the vetting for you if the
horse is vetted at our farm if you don't want to ride it for the vet. We do not charge for
the time this takes. If you can be there that is great but we will look after it if you
- A trial period. The
above help you decide if a horse might be right for you, you can only really tell when it
gets home and you ride it for a period of time. In order to "de-risk" this final
stage we offer a money back period of 4 weeks from delivery date (not
the date you paid, the date the horse arrived with you). If you find you are not getting
on with the horse for any reason and have decided you are not right for each other then
all we ask is for you to return the horse in healthy condition paying transport for the
delivery and return and we will refund all your purchase money
without any quibbling. During this trial period we will lend you a
saddle and bridle to minimise the risk you take. If a horse you are trying has
previously been out on trial and has been returned to us we will tell you this and what
went wrong previously.
- Help with transport. If
you are local and don't have transport we can deliver for you for a reasonable price. If
you live further afield we have a selection of hauliers we have used in the past, and are
happy with, that we will recommend.
- I don't make my living from selling
horses, I never push someone into buying an
unsuitable horse just to put food on my table. This is an overgrown hobby and if a horse
does not seem suitable for someone I will tell them so. I know that an unsuitable horse
will just come straight back during the trial period, it is a waste of my time and yours
if it goes out so I will tell someone if I don't think it will work.
- After sales service and support.
We are on the end of the phone or e-mail if you have questions at any time before or after
purchase, many people are buying their first horse from us and it can be a daunting
prospect keeping a horse for the first time. If you are sharing a yard you may find people
telling you to clip and rug your horse in the winter, you may need support to resist this.
Icelandics very rarely need any more than a bib clip even if ridden hard in the winter. If
you decide a few years later your circumstances have changed and you no longer want the
horse we may well be able to buy it back or sell it for you. We also do "trade
in" for faster horses if you confidence giving quiet horse has given you so much
confidence that you want a faster one.
Why do we do all this?
We want people to end up with horses they like, to say "I bought and Icelandic and it
is wonderful". Unhappy people do the reputation of the breed no good at all and I
would rather all my customers were happy. This is why I have developed this package over
the years to help bring some happiness into the world.
Oakfield Icelandics (previously known as Pinecroft Icelandic
Horses) has been importing and selling horses for over 19 years, please feel free to ask
around the Icelandic Horse Society about our reputation.
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