Horse stuff is expensive. Plain and simple. But, it doesn’t have to be. Why by new stuff when you can buy something gently used for much less and still get an amazing product?
Buying things second-hand is one of the most underrated things in the horse industry. Of course, there are some things that you shouldn’t buy second-hand like helmets if they’ve been used, medications, etc. But you can find some amazing deals on stuff that you may not normally be able to afford for your horse. Blankets are a perfect example for this. If you have a blanket destroyer or live in a place with bipolar weather and you need to buy lots of blankets, buy second hand! Most are kept in great condition and are sold for a fraction of the price a brand new one would run you.
Many people are wary of buying second hand, especially online, in fear of getting scammed. Luckily, I’ve compiled a little list with my tips to make sure that you don’t end up in that situation.
Always Use PayPal Goods & Service
PayPal has anti-scammer policies that helps to protect your money in any good/service transaction. While they do have a small fee, it’s a small price to pay for insurance that you’ll get your money back if it turns out that it is a scam.
Ask For A Specific Photos
By asking for a photo that is of a specific thing on or with the product, you are making sure that the seller really does have to product in their possession. If they are unable to provide it at all (people have jobs and may need a day or two to get and send the photo so please be patient), I would say to walk away.
Never Accept Screenshot Photos
The photos need to be taken on whatever device the seller is talking to you on. If the photos are screenshots from a text, email, websites or just at all, walk away. This is the tell tale sign of a scam. Bogus sellers will get lots of photos off of other Facebooks posts or websites and pass it off as their own.
Personally, I am apart of a lot of Facebook groups and I constantly visit consignment shops on the hunt. Joining a lot at first is a great plan. As you scope out posts, you can remove yourself from groups you don’t like. My favorite three are English Tack Trader (USA), High End English Tack Trader, and English Tack Exchange. I’ve had great luck with there groups and see really awesome stuff on there constantly. Also, there are groups specific to calling out bad sellers. Joining one of there helps you keep up to date with scams going around. The one I am apart of is Bad Tack Sellers/Traders. Surely, there are loads if other groups but I’ve found these to be my favorite. All of them are ‘request to join’ so there is potential to not be able to be apart of certain groups but almost always, the admin will let you in.
My favorite things to pick up used are apparel items like shirts and breeches, saddle pads, and accessories for my horse like boots, bonnets, half pads, etc. Carina has a collection of so many extra things I wouldn’t normally be able to get for her or even myself, because I buy them second hand. Heck, I even got my saddle off of a facebook!
I hope y’all enjoyed this article about buying horse item second-hand! If you ever have any questions feel free to DM on Instagram @equestrian.syd!
Until Next Time Preps,
Sydney & The Ponies