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post #11 of 22 Old 05-10-2007, 01:17 AM
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I think horses health is very important. You never know I guess, I still think that you should get a vet check with the horse to be safe and sure. Like people say, it's better to be sure then sorry.

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post #12 of 22 Old 05-29-2007, 01:15 AM
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if im buying a cheap horse i genrally wont because i no for that price they are going to have things wrong with them and as long as they are rideable, young and keen i wont but with a ew of my more expensive horses (ie. $2000+) i have
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post #13 of 22 Old 05-29-2007, 09:06 AM
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I would always vet check and would strongly recommend it, unless money is no object. My mother boarded a "free" horse someone gave her boarder who turned out to have advanced penis cancer and although he had a lovely place to die, it was nothing but bills. Vet checked hte horses we bought when i was a kid just to see f there were any issues we needed to manage.
My vet checks have just allowed me to figure out what is going on and are not necessarily pass fail. I knew my paint's blue eyes would require extra management,he has some arthritis in his hocks, no problem. young(er) guy who is 7 was determined at his vet check to have "foot problems" we tooks pics and nerve blocked and finally determined he was "not exactly" a navicular horse but "there were some changes". It was determined that he would be fine for my purposes -trails as oppsed to roping, etc. I bought him andkept himin special shoes etc, rode him only on trails and NOW (3 years later) it seems he IS navicular, can be used for " very lght and occasional riding for the next 2-3 years, no mountians" (I live in montana). So, it appears I have a very expensive pasture ornament. If I had really paid attention and had grilled the vet a bit more and had not fallen in love with him BEFORE the check, I would not have bought him. but i love him now so he will likely just be out in his slippers...
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post #14 of 22 Old 05-29-2007, 12:46 PM
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I had Wes vetted before I bought him, and I always will if I ever buy another. I just couldn't buy a horse to later find out it has something wrong with it that would prevent me from using it to the best of it's ability.
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post #15 of 22 Old 12-02-2008, 03:26 PM
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I always have a vet check. My first horse seemed great until I found out through the vet check that he had pins and rods in his leg from an old fracture. Then again, he was OTTB so I had good reasons. That just taught me that no matter how sound and stable the horse seems I want to know for sure especially if I plan on doing something hard on their limbs.
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post #16 of 22 Old 12-02-2008, 03:33 PM
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I did, and I always will. The first mare that I was going to buy ended up lame and really bad arthritis...which I didn't know about before I did the pre-purchase on her. Without a pre-purcahse I would have been the owner of a lame Paint mare....I definately am thankful for the vet check.

I also did a vet check on Sonny...he passed with flying colors.

All the horses I buy, unless it's a young horse from someone I 100% completely trust, I'll do a vet check on. It saves money in the long run
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post #17 of 22 Old 12-02-2008, 05:00 PM
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I didn't get a vet check on any of my horses.

Looking back, we should have with Gem and Vega, but what's done is done.

I was planning on getting a vet check on the 3rd horse we got, but I didn't expect to get him from someone my BO knew. Had it been anyone else, I would have gotten a vet check, just to make sure everything checks out.
But like I said, I didn't with Montana because he came from someone highly recommended (by my friends and no I didn't get him at a dealer.. it was a private deal)
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post #18 of 22 Old 12-02-2008, 05:12 PM
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I checked yes but in many cases I don't. I have a vet check for anything I buy over $3000 if its under I don't. And I rarely buy riding horses only breeding stock and my vet checks are for reproduction only.
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post #19 of 22 Old 12-02-2008, 07:15 PM
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My first 2 horses were vet checked and given health certificates because they were come from across state lines. The third 1 I had vet checked to make sure he didn't have any health issues that were contagious. He had been abandon and hadn't had vet care in 2 years.
Since any horse I get in the future will no doubt be from rescue situations I will always have them vet checked before I bring them home just so I don't have to worry about the ones at home getting sick.
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post #20 of 22 Old 12-02-2008, 11:19 PM
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Of the four horses I have owned I've never done a pre-purchase vet check. My first pony I got when I was 11 for $50 and my parents didn't want to pay extra for a vet check . I got my QH gelding when I was 23 and I did kind of a reverse vet check lol...not when I bought him but right after just to make sure he had no issues we should address. I adopted my Mustang mare a year later and it would have been pretty difficult to have her vetted before I took her on as she was basically unhandled. And finally I was going to get a vet check for my Lily filly, but I saw her and just thought "this girl is for me"!! It worked out with all four luckily. I will say however that a vet check is probably a good idea especially for horses that have a lot of milage on them either because of age or what they've been used for and your planning on showing etc.

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