Pre-Purchase Exam - is it necessary in all cases?

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    09-26-2011, 11:41 PM
Pre-Purchase Exam - is it necessary in all cases?

I'm going to go look at this horse tomorrow morning. He is a jumper and has been trained for the past 7 months. The lady uploaded pictures and video very recently that showed him jumping up to 3'.

I'm going to ride him and definitely go over some jumps. If he feels completely sound and seems to be a happy and healthy horse, is it really worth all the trouble AND money to get a PPE? I really don't want to get one if possible...


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    09-26-2011, 11:44 PM
He can have issues that aren't immediately apparent. Especially in athletic horses like that.

I mean you don't have to- it is just risky not to. He could be perfectly healthy.
    09-26-2011, 11:46 PM
Green Broke
I would. Could save you TONS of vet bills down the line.
    09-26-2011, 11:47 PM
Yeah, you are right. It's just that we're not loaded with money (lol) and I know that PPEs can get expensive, especially if you get x-rays. Just a general exam of the vet looking him over really isn't worth it since he couldn't see problems deep down. I don't know...I'd rather take the risk then spend the money.
    09-26-2011, 11:51 PM
As a seller I note in all my sales contracts that the horse is sold as is, where is and that the buyer has been advised that they are not only permitted to have a PPE but strongly encouraged to have one. I then have the statement,

"Buyer acknowleges that seller has strongly encouraged him/her to have a PPE and understands that the horse is sold as is, where is, with no expressed or implied warranties for soundness."

Buyer ................ (signature of buyer) wishes to have a PPE at his/her own expense or

Buyer ................... (signature of buyer) DECLINES to have a PPE at his/her own expense and accepts full responsibility for declining said PPE.

I then have the buyer sign by the statement that expresses their wishes, either to have the exam or not to.

I wouldn't ever knowingly sell an unsound horse but I've seen 3 year olds who've never been worked fail PPE's for navicular changes and for OCD lesions that the seller knew nothing about. Depending on the price of the horse (can you afford to buy another horse in case this one doesn't stay sound and you can't sell it), I'd say yes or no. I probably wouldn't do an exam on a $500 horse but I certainly would do one on a $5000 or more horse.
    09-26-2011, 11:55 PM
I look at it this way. Would you rather pay the vet bill for an inspection or do you have the money to pay later if something goes wrong? Really an honest question. You will always say it was a waste of money if the horse was healthy but if something comes back negative, it is the best money ever spent. But I would only do as the last step before you were 100% ready to buy.

I would just consider as part of the cost of the horse.
    09-27-2011, 12:04 AM
Originally Posted by JumpersRule    
Just a general exam of the vet looking him over really isn't worth it since he couldn't see problems deep down. I don't know...I'd rather take the risk then spend the money.
A general exam is better than nothing. You would be surprised what you find out. It doesn't have to be "deep down."

I have heard of one person who was buying a horse and through the vet exam found out that the mare was ten months pregnant. The original owner had no idea. So yes, you never know what you will find.
    09-27-2011, 12:10 AM
I'll look into maybe getting a general exam, but a full out exam with x-rays would cost half of the horse's purchase price. To me, that's not worth it. It would be a WHOLE different story if I was about to buy a Grand Prix jumper prospect, but this horse's purchase price is $3,500. BUT, the $200-$400 exam probably would be worth it.
    09-27-2011, 12:20 AM
Depending on where you are x-rays may not be as expensive as you think, a few weeks ago I had to call the vet out on an emergency. I had 2 x-rays done and my horse was given a shot of bute and it only cost $168. I didn't see the break down of the bill, but I'm sure the farm call was at least $75(the normal farm call fee), if not more since it was an emergency.

I would do a physical exam on any horse more them $1,500 if the vet finds anything during the exam then discuss the cost of x-rays and at that point either walk away to investigate further.
    09-27-2011, 12:21 AM
Green Broke
If you were looking for something to ride the trails on or ride for fun, I'd say with the price of the horse, meh, a risk but not necessary. But I'm assuming you're going to be jumping this thing? I would absolutely. I make all my clients PPE their horses before they buy them and you'd be surprised at what shows up with horses, young, old, WBs, QHs, long show records, no show record... If your horse is going to be doing anything remotely strenuous you're going to want to make sure he can hold up.

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