Rehoming a horse

Whatever your reason for saying goodbye, your horse deserves a happy and healthy future with his or her new owners.

Read our tips below...

Quiz the potential new owners

Every horse needs specialist care and has its own temperament. You know what it takes to keep your horse happy. But does the person who's interested? Make sure they are knowledgeable about horses and that they understand how much looking after a horse might cost.

Focus on your horse's health and happiness

Your horse needs specialist care, space and exercise. For them to get all that from their new home, you need to help. Tell the new owner everything you can about their behaviour,health and medical history.

A horse is a big commitment, so make sure the person who is buying him is interested and passionate about your horse. Try not to let anyone buy him on a whim, but make sure they are serious about the commitment they are about to make.

Are they ready to own a horse?

You know how big a commitment it is to own a horse. Does the potential owner? Do they have any experience caring for a horse? Have they owned a horse in the past? Make sure the buyer has secured the right facilities where the horse will be kept and they have the support of knowledgeable people if they are new to horse ownership.

You can say no

Take your time finding the right owner – don’t just say yes to the first person who comes along. You need to feel that the person has the right skills and knowledge, and will get on well with your horse.

Posting on Gumtree

If you're posting an ad for your horse on our site, take a look at our pets posting rules for details about what you can and can't do.

Our Partners

At Gumtree we take animal welfare very seriously.

We work with a number of animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA, and we are an active member of the Pets Advertising Advisory Group (PAAG). PAAG is made up of animal welfare groups, vets and online classified sites, all working together to promote responsible pet advertising. Our shared goal is that all animals advertised for sale online are advertised legally and ethically.

For more information on PAAG or advice on buying a pet online, you can visit their site:

A fresh start in life

There are thousands of wonderful animals in the UK looking for a new start. A number of charities advertise these pets on Gumtree, but you can also visit PAAG member sites directly.