Yes, a vet check (pre-purchase exam) does cost $$. How much varies greatly between areas, what is done, etc. What attracted you to this particular horse? Are there none closer to you?
I would not use their vet for a prepurchase at all, and would have concerns about a horse without the necessary vaccinations, etc. Frankly if you want that risk, there are LOTS out there at auctions.....but you have to have the experience to pick the right one.
Is someone knowledgeable going with you? Even after all these years and horses, I take another set of eyes, especially since I love them all, and end up coming home with one who is pretty, but not suitable for me.
You have not said what, if any, your experience is, what you want in a horse, etc. Hopefully you have a clear idea.
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