Bill of Sale for a Horse

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What is an Equine Bill of Sale

An equine bill of sale (also known as a horse bill of sale) is an important legal document that can be used to transfer ownership of a horse or pony. This allows the buyer and the seller to properly document the details of the sale and to provide proof that the animal in question is in the possession of a new owner.

How to Write a Bill of Sale to Sell a Horse

It is easy to create your own bill of sale for a horse completely online. Using our legal document generator tools you can create your own personalized sale slip. This is done with step-by-step tools that help you add the key information needed to make your sale final in your state and to transfer ownership of a horse successfully.

In order for a horse bill of sale to be effective, it must contain the following information:

  • The name and address of the buyer.
  • The name and address of the seller.
  • The price agreed for the horse.
  • The date the sale becomes effective.
  • The name of the horse (if it has a name).
  • A description of the horse detailing its breed, markings, gender date of birth, and registration number.
  • Whether or not the horse has required a health check for the sale to be final.
  • If the new owner possesses all breeding rights to the horse or not.
  • The signatures of both parties.

This is not the only way to create a horse bill of sale, however. It is also possible to hire a lawyer or attorney to draw up the bill although this normally costs significantly more and will usually take longer to complete.

Horse Bill of Sale Example

In order to fully understand all the necessities of a horse bill of sale, it can be helpful to look over a sample document that contains the wording and structure necessary to make your sale complete. Simply review our horse bill of sale example below to get a better idea of how your documents should appear.

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Horse Bill of Sale - FAQs

A horse bill of sale is not an especially complicated legal document, yet it is important to be fully aware of all the implications that having or not having one could have for your sale. Find out more about why this kind of bill of sale can often prove essential for your transaction.

Do I Need a Bill of Sale for a Horse Sale?

Having a horse bill of sale is a legal requirement in a few states. However, even in states where it is not obligatory by law, it is sensible to possess a sale slip such as this to protect the buyer and seller from possible fraud.

What Are The Consequences of Not Having a Bill of Sale?

Not having a horse bill of sale has a few negative consequences. Firstly, it can leave the buyer unprotected if something is found to be wrong with the horse or it isn’t as described. The bill of sale slip can provide evidence of a fraudulent transaction.

Furthermore, a bill of sale allows the seller to formally cede ownership of the horse, by providing evidence it is no longer in their possession. It also helps save them time by assessing whether the buyer is truly serious about the sale.

What to Do If You Never Received the Bill of Sale for Your Horse?

If you complete the process of creating a horse bill of sale correctly, you and the buyer will normally each receive a copy of the document after it has been signed. However, if this has not happened, you should immediately contact the other party immediately and request a copy.

This is necessary to prove that the horse has legitimately changed ownership and that that the sale was carried out correctly. If you’re the buyer in this case and the bill of sale is never delivered and the seller refuses to give you one, you should contact a lawyer and seek legal advice on the matter.

Who Keeps the Bill of Sale?

Once the sale is completed both parties should be given a copy of the horse bill of sale. They should then keep this form for up to one year for their records and in case any disputes arise about the transaction.

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HORSE BILL OF SALE
I, _________ (hereinafter, the "Seller"), the undersigned, presently of _________ DO NOW SELL, TRANSFER AND DELIVER to _________ (hereinafter, the "Buyer"), presently of _________, the following described Horse (hereinafter, the "Horse"):
Horse's Name: _________ Horse's Sex: Male Horse's Breed: _________ Horse's Color and Markings: _________ Horse's Birth Date: _________
Breeding Rights

The Seller is to retain exclusive breeding rights to the Horse throughout and over the breeding life of the Horse.
Purchase Price & Payment

The Seller hereby sells to the Buyer and the Buyer hereby buys from the Seller the Horse, pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth herein. The total purchase price for the Horse described above is $_________ (hereinafter, the "Purchase Price"), payable in full at time of delivery to above.

The above described horse, registration papers, signed transfer report, and a copy of this Agreement will be given to the Buyer by the Seller, at no additional costs, upon complete and final payment of the Horse.
Warranties

The Seller warrants that:
1) The Seller is the sole and lawful owner of the Horse and, therefore, has authority to sell the Horse.
2) The Seller has not created any liens, claims, security interest, conditions, mortgages, or encumbrances in or against the horse.
3) The description and pedigree of the Horse stated above are correct.
4) The Seller will defend the Buyer's rights on the equine against all claims and demands of all persons.

The Buyer understands and agrees that he/she is buying the horse "AS-IS". ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE HEREBY DISCLAIMED.

IF APPLICABLE, the Seller and the Buyer both agree that this Bill of Sale constitutes an advanced written consent and disclosure of a Dual Agency relationship. THE AFOREMENTIONED DISCLOSURE AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT APPLIES TO TRANSACTIONS IN WHICH THERE IS AN AGENT REPRESENTING THE SELLER AND THE BUYER AND SAID AGENT IS THE SAME PERSON OR ENTITY.

Delivery & Risk of Loss

The Buyer accepts the Horse by signing this Bill of Sale and assumes all risk of loss or injury upon the transfer of the possession of the Horse. The Buyer is responsible for all board, veterinary, and transportation expenses after the date hereof. The Buyer shall make no claim for any warranty, misrepresentation, mistake, or other tort. The Buyer's remedies in contract, tort or otherwise are limited to refund of the amount paid, upon return of the horse in good condition to the Seller. All incidental and consequential damages are excluded to the full extent permitted by law. The Seller immediately ceases to be liable for any damage or injury caused by the Horse to the Buyer or any third party.

Governing Law

This Agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State of California. Any legal action commenced to enforce or interpret this Agreement shall be brought in the state courts of California. The parties hereto consent to both venue and jurisdiction in California and any attempt to pursue legal action in any other state shall be void for lack of jurisdiction in that foreign court. If appropriate, the parties may also consent to both venue and jurisdiction in federal district courts of California.

Costs of Dispute

In the event that suit is brought under or in connection with this Agreement or to enforce the Agreement, the prevailing party shall be entitled to recover from the losing party reasonable attorneys' fees, costs and expenses incidental to any such proceedings, including reasonable attorneys' fees incurred in collecting any judgment awarded as a result of liability established pursuant to this Agreement, as well as all other relief granted in any suit or other proceeding.

Entire Agreement, Severability and Modification

This Bill of Sale shall be understood as an Agreement and contains the entire understanding of the parties concerning its subject matter. This Agreement may be modified only in writing executed by both the Buyer and the Seller. The invalidity and enforceability of any term or clause of this contract shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any other terms or clauses, but otherwise this Agreement is indivisible.
The Buyer warrants to the Seller that the Buyer has fully examined and tested the Horse, that the Buyer is purchasing the Horse in reliance upon such examination and testing, and that the Buyer is fully satisfied with the Horse. On the alternative, and at the very least, the Buyer warrants having inspected the Horse. Moreover, the Buyer has accepted the Horse in its existing condition.

The Seller declares and affirms under penalty of perjury that the facts in this Bill of Sale are true and correct.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Bill of Sale on _________.
By: ______________________________ Date: _____________
         _________
By: ______________________________ Date: _____________
         _________
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