Originally Posted by mom2pride
This is why I really prefer to not purchase from a sale barn...not to say that every seller will do things like doping a horse, or masking pain with medications, but with the 'faster pace' a buyer might be sucked in and forget to do something as simple as blood testing prior to a buy.
That said, when ever you do a purchase, make sure to get the blood tests and health check prior to sealing the deal. Make sure the horse has a negative coggins, as well as a current proof of vaccination and worming history. Now, if it is a rescue horse you are going after, obviously some of those may not be current, but still always get a thorough vet check and run a blood test asap.
This happened to me. They were REALLY "pushy" about the sale.. and I thought I was getting a steal because I found Cerra on another horse advertisement elsewhere too, for triple what I paid.
Price is everything. "UTD Farrier, Shots, Worming." <-- Nope. I don't think she'd even seen a needle or been wormed, and her feet were disasterous. Wasn't even an inch of her that wasn't caked/matted when we picked her up. Buyer beware.. People can be so greedy and underhanded!
(Now I see ANOTHER ad, by the same seller, and I just shake my head. Cerra might have cost me some extra money, but you can see security and gratitude in her eyes these days.)