Originally Posted by Production Acres
A vet check is like an insurance policy - you should spend an approiate amount based on the cost of the animal. A $500,000 throughbred needs gone over very well by a very good vet. A $10,000 trail horse needs a little bit of looking after by your local vet. A $500 backyard horse - you cannot afford to call the vet for a prepurchase exam!
I disagree with this. A vet check on a $500 back yard horse is just as useful as the vet check on the expensive horse. They both cost the same to keep long term. Why not give yourself a little insurance that the day you had the vet look at them there was nothing seriously wrong to start with? You also have the bonus that the vet check gives you a base line for all your future vet care.
And yes, I realize a horse can break it self as soon as the vet climbs back in their truck.
I totally feel a vet check is worth it on any horse if you do not have the ability to easily take long term care of an unsound horse.
Call the vets in your area and get an idea of the standard prices. The price for a PPE is something they can usually quote over the phone. I agree that if you are planning on jumping planning to do x-rays is a good idea.
Most vets are willing to start out with the basic PPE (Flexion tests, etc) and add on X-rays if determined to be a good idea from the rest of the test.