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        10-16-2008, 07:27 PM
      #1
    Foal
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    I might be getting a horse soonish (well a year or 2) and i'd really like to know about any crucial health problems there are and how to tell if your horse has them. I also need some advice on which and how to choose a vet, and the money they charge.
         
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        10-16-2008, 07:55 PM
      #2
    Banned
    Health problems as in like ones they have recieved because of breeding, etc...is different between breeds, and their bloodlines.

    Health problems in general include colic, founder, and laminitis.
    Horse colic - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Founder and Laminitis in Horses

    As for choosing a vet, I'd ask around and see who people recommend. I asked a friend of mine whom she used, and I actually knew the lady who was the vet (I used to ride at her stables) so we "hired" her of sorts hehe and now she's my horse's vet.

    For charges...it 100% depends on your vet. I cannot give you an exact ammount.
    Spring Shots: approx. $180
    Fall Shots: approx $115
    Colic: approx $200-$10000 (depending on how severe)
    Again prices depend on the vet you have
         
        10-16-2008, 08:21 PM
      #3
    Trained
    Luv2jump -- there is just way way way too much information on this subject to cover it so vaguely. I'd advise you to do some serious reading. Go to the library, Chapters, subscribe to magazines, whatever. Cruise horse.com and such sites.

    Vet charges vary greatly by area. Where I am I can't get a vet out for anything without spending $200. No matter how small. Farriers -- here it's $50 / horse w/o shoes. Find some horse people in your area and see if you can hang out there.
         
        10-17-2008, 12:20 AM
      #4
    Green Broke
    I agree, that's a very vague question you're asking with a million answers! When you first look at the horse i'd make sure his eyes are clear, coat is healthy, nose isn't snotty (thick opaque snot is what you want to avoid), no big lumps or bumps esp on his legs. Check out his feet and make sure they solid. Make sure he's not lame when you ride him....

    And then i'd take him to the vet to check over. If you're into jumping (which I assume by your name) i'd get a pre purchase exam for sure and possibly xrays (depending on the price and future purpose of the horse). Definitely draw up a coggins (if he comes out positive the horse will either die from it or be strictly quarantined for the rest of its life)

    And definitely definately definitely take someone with you who knows a lot about horses!! No matter how much horse experience you have it's always good to have a 2nd pair of eyes.
         
        10-17-2008, 11:46 AM
      #5
    Foal
    I agree you should take someone knowledgeable about horses with you and perhaps a farrier - bad feet are a nightmare! A vet check is always advised as you can't always see problems! Your first horse is something really special, you want a good match.
         
        10-17-2008, 03:52 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    I agree, just too many variables. Cherry Hill has put out some great books. Explained in everyday speak and lots of pictures. Western Horseman have an excellent Vet book. Written by a DVM, easy to read and again lots of pictures.

    Equus is a great magazine, it only deals with medical issues, Horse Illustrated is another good one.

    Also, for a light but educational read "Horses for Dummies" is packed with information.
         
        10-17-2008, 04:10 PM
      #7
    Trained
    I like the books that are Storey's Guide to ....XYZ... they have a ton of titles. I have the Storey's Guide to Guide to Training Horses. It has a TON of information in it. They have others that are horse related.

    This is a list out of the back of my book. The page reads:

    Other Storey Titles you will enjoy

    101 Arena Exercises
    101 Jumping exercises for Horse & Rider
    Easy-Gaited Horses
    The Horse Behavior Problem Solver
    The Horse Conformation Handbook
    How to think like a horse ( I have this one also. Good book)
    The Riders's Problem SOlcer
    Storey's guide to Raising horses
    Storey's Illustrated guide to 96 horse breeds of North America
    Trail Riding


    I would suggest going to the library...I renewed my library card after I got my horses...lol...I have checked out all the horse books they had. Don't forget that even if your local library doesn't have the book you want they can request it from another library. It's a great recourse not to be overlooked.
         

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