I recently sold my arabian gelding to a woman in CA. Of course she wanted a vet check done, so I took him to Roque Equine, the clinic she requested (which I never ever use), so that there was no conflict of interest by using my long time vet, who is also a friend of mine.
I've heard mixed things about Rogue Equine, inluding: They're wonderful!, and They are horrid!.... I'd never used them so I decided to ignore gossip and see for myself what they were like.
My vet had given this same gelding a vet exam when I had bought him a few years back. He noted that he was slightly club footed (as was my mare). They were both arabians and as my vet and trainer agreed its not uncommon in the breed and rarely effects performance unless its a pronounced defect. In my two horses it was so barely noticable you had to get out all the instruments to measure the feet, and the slant was off by a mere one degree.
In any case, he had never been lame, and was worked consistently in hunter under saddle. When I took him for the vet check, the vet immediately announced that he had a club foot, and needed x-rays because he was lame. I looked at him like he'd hit me with a hammer. Lame? I watched as he happily trotted around the round pen. That horse was the farthest thing from lame. I demanded he explain himself, and he showed me how one front leg had more suspension than the other. This was true, one sprung more more easily, but he sure as heck wasn't lame! His club foot has a slightly steeper angle that transfered to the pastern, but it was barely noticable and he neither looked, nor felt lame at all.
In any case, he called the woman buying him who asked for the x-rays. The vet showed me some darker spots in his joints and declared him arthritic, and then told me that he would soon be completely lame and unusable within a couple of years. Not convinced, I took copies of the x-rays to my own vet who laughed and said that he recognized a greedy man when he saw one. He said that all horses will begin to show those dark spots in the joints as they get older, but by no means was it arthritis, and he felt the horse was completely fine. He told me the vet was using a slight hoof deformity as an excuse to ring me for all I had.
In any case, the lady buying the horse freaked out, wanted to go down on his price by $1000. I told her no, because I was already selling him at a sacrifice because I was moving soon and he really had to go. I got her extra opinions from more vets and finally the sale went through, though I did end up coming down a little more on the price. The point is, watch out for vets who try to do this to you. There are so many people in all walks of life who will try to cheat you. If the vet's opinion seems strange to you, or if you'll end up spending alot of money on whatever they say is wrong. GET ANOTHER OPINION! And if you use a good vet you come to trust and respect, do whatever you can to keep him/her.