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post #1 of 12 Old 08-28-2008, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
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Out of State pre-purchase exam

I am going to be looking at very potential horse on Sunday (My birthday )
He is about 1 hour away from me and I definitely want to have a pre-purchase exam done on him.
The only problem i can come up with now is what vet to do the exam. My vet would also be an hour away and I'm sure that he would charge a lot for the farm call as he has to travel 1 hour to see the horse and then 1 hour back. I have not called to ask him yet though.

Or should i get a vet in the area of the horse?

How does a pre-purchase exam work? Would they tell me on the spot if he passes of fails? Would i need to wait for anything to come back? (unless i do bloodwork)
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-28-2008, 07:57 PM
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I would suggest trying to see what vets are available in the horse's area instead of using your vet, but it wouldn't hurt to ask how much his fee would be.
As for waiting, unless you get X-rays or bloodwork, no, you don't need to wait. Vets rarely use a "pass/fail" system anymore, it's more "is this horse suitable to your needs?" type thing. If the horse is found suitable, and you don't want bloodwork or X-rays, then feel free to write a cheque and get 'er done :)


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I'll either call Paul (the vet) up tomorrow or Tuesday and see what he would charge. If he won't do it, or its too much, I'll look into a vet out there.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-28-2008, 07:59 PM
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sounds like a good idea to do appy!

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-28-2008, 08:57 PM
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I agree, I'd ask your current vet- you never know, might not get a big fee! If that doesn't work out, then I'd look for vets in the area.
Hope everything goes well!

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post #6 of 12 Old 08-28-2008, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Buck and Pop!

I have a feeling, with gas prices, although they've come down, they're still rather high, that for my vet to go out there will be a lot, but I'll see.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-28-2008, 10:04 PM
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If your vet is one you have used for some time and have built any kind of relationship with..............ask what the charge would be if you drove them there when you go to look at the horse. Agree on a length of time you would want to stay when you all got there.

My experience with vets is, it took three to find one I trusted, would keep appointments, etc.. If the horse turns out to be one that is hard to decide on, and you bring it home, your vet is the one that will be seeing it when it gets there. Just my $0.02.
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Definitely at least have a discussion with your vet about it. Even if he can't travel that far without serious expense he may be able to help you by recommending a good vet in the area you are going to be travelling to.

As far as "pass or fail"--lameness exams aren't a pass or fail test. They are an assessment to help you determine if the horse will fit your needs and what problems might already be present or be a possibility in the future. And whether or not the vet who performs the exam will have answers immediately will depend on exactly what is found and what diagnostics are recommended. If the vet has to go out and do a farm call and x-rays are part of the pre-purchase exam then it's going to take longer to get your results just because most vets still don't have digital x-ray machines and would need to go back to the clinic to develope films. Bloodwork would be the same sort of issue--have to go back to run tests on a machine at the clinic or even send it out if there is a concern of some problem.
Prepurchase exams are better done at a veterianry clinic so that access to developers and testing equipment is readily available just to cut out the shuttle time to and from the farm for results. But as far as a basic assessment--the vet should be able to give you some answers immediately.

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post #9 of 12 Old 08-29-2008, 11:00 PM
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It is for sure a good idea to try and use your own vet...but if you cant....id ask the person who has the horse your interested in what vet he uses, then use a different one in the same area. I would just make sure you arent using the same vet as the guy you are buying the horse from for obvious reasons.
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-29-2008, 11:51 PM Thread Starter
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oh yeah, i would definitely make sure I would use a different vet than the one his current owner uses.

I am very excited for Sunday, but I dont want my emotions to get in the way.

I think after I see him, if i like him, i'll call around.. I wouldn't want to set up an appointment, only for me not to like the horse.

Since i've never had a pre-purchase exam done, i just thought it was a pass or fail.. thanks for informing me that its not like that, and along the lines of if he's going to be good for what I want to do. I'll be sure to tell the vet what I might want to do, even if i don't ever do it.

Would it be wise to get x-rays and bloodwork done? This horse has just been a trail horse, and that's what I would use him for, and I would want to jump too, and maybe compete but it's not a big deal if I can't.

Any help would be appreciated!
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