Many thanks for your patience. For legal purposes a horse is classified as an item. When a person buys an item from a private seller, their rights will be somewhat limited and will not be as extensive as if they had bought it from a dealer (i.e. A business seller)
In general, there is no legal requirement for the item to be of satisfactory quality or fit for purpose. Therefore, the buyer will only have rights in the following situations:
• If the item did not match the description given, whether in the advert or any subsequent discussions. This would amount to breach of contract or misrepresentation
• If the seller broke a specific contractual term – e.g. if they fail to do something they specifically agreed to, for example, provide treatment or documents before the purchase
• If the seller was actually a dealer posing as a private seller - this is an unfair commercial practice and can even be a criminal offence
So if you had described the horse correctly and highlighted any potential issues with it and did not make any representations that turned out to be untrue, there is very little the buyer can do. Horses are living creatures, things can happen to the, that makes them turn lame and that does not mean that it is the seller’s fault. Therefore, unless the buyer can satisfy the requirements above and show that you had in some way misdescribed the horse’s condition, they cannot do much to return it.
This is your basic legal position. I have more detailed advice for you in terms of what could happen if they decide to take this further, which I wish to discuss so please take a second to leave a positive rating for the service so far (by selecting 3, 4 or 5 stars) and I can continue with that and answer any further questions you may have. Don’t worry, there is no extra cost and leaving a rating will not close the question and we can continue this discussion. Thank you