10-31-2013, 02:05 PM
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I agree that you should get a pre purchase examination (PPE)
How heavily you have the horse vetted is up to you. Personally I would ask for heart ,wind, eyes and flexion test to be done. This involves having the horse ridden and galloped, run up in hand after holding each leg up to test for joint problems.
Something that is also done in the UK as more or less routine, is that at the time of examination the vet draws blood. One phial is given to the vendor and the other he keeps. Should the horse go lame soon after purchase or act very differently to when it was vetted, you can have the blood tested for pain killers or dope. If all os well then the phials can be thrown. Each phial is sealed and signed by vet and vendor.