The most important
part of the PPE is you having in your own mind a picture of what you want this horse to be able to do. Then
go and find a horse that will do what you want it to do.
The vet exam will tell you one thing and one thing only: the probable health status of the horse on the date the examination is done. Physical findings can point to past difficulties, but can also obscure past difficulties. What it won't
do is tell you how the horse will perform the tasks you envision for it.
For this reason we very rarely do PPEs on anything we buy. If a buyer from me wants one I'll cooperate fully with the vet they select.
We evaluate horses on the basis of temperment, conformation, and way of going (in that order
). This makes us rather unusual amongst gaited horse folk who tend to concentrate on way of going, then look at conformation and temperment. But our first
question is "will this horse do for our needs?" If the answer is "yes" we proceed; if the answer is "no" then the process is ended.
If you've not read Dr. Deb Bennett's three small books on conformation analysis I most highly
recommend them. You can get them from Amazon and they are about $13 each. It will be some of the best money you've ever spent on your equine habit!
A Walking Horse is a "horse" first and a "Walker" second. Keep that in mind as you shop and you'll not go far wrong.
Good luck in your search.