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I sold a horse 3 months ago. The buyer has now decided

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I sold a horse 3 months ago. The buyer has now decided that the horse is no longer suitable and wishes to me to have the horse back and have her money returned. What are my rights as the seller please ?
I sold this horse in good faith and with an honest description.
After a period of time horses can change with new owners, and every time I have seen it since the sale there has not been a problem.
Hello my name is ***** ***** I am happy to help you today. What reason is the purchaser giving for asking to return the horse?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The purchaser says it is not suitable for what they want and they have had some problems riding it. Whenever i have seen it since the sale, there has been no problems.
Ok well they only have rights to return the horse and to have a refund in limited circumstances if you are a private seller rather than a dealer (which I think is the case). In a nutshell they have no right to a refund unless you have actually misdescribed the horse in your advert . The law on private sale is that it is buyer beware and there is no obligation upon you to offer a refund. If you have any further questions about this please do ask. If I have answered your question I would be grateful if you would take the time to rate my answer. Thank you and all the best.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
That's great. I do work in the horse industry, but not selling horses, is this still deemed as a private sale, or am I classed as a dealer because I work in the equine industry? I run a livery yard and teach riding.
You're not a dealer unless you deal in the purchase or sale of horses as a normal business activity. Even if they attempt to argue that you are then you will not necessarily have a problem as they would have to demonstrate that the horse was not of reasonable quality or not fit for purpose, not fit for purpose does not mean their requirements but means as compared with how it was described. Start off by just saying it is a private sale and sold as seen. If they do not leave it alone say you are not a dealer but even if you were it would make not difference.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Many thanks for your help.
No problem, all the best with it.