Vet Checking! [when buying a new horse] - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 19 Old 12-25-2009, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: CANADA!
Posts: 549
• Horses: 5
Arrow Vet Checking! [when buying a new horse]

SOOOOO, as some of you may have read we almost got a horse who had a hind leg problem. I am aware we should always have a vet check done before buying a horse especially if it's going to be used for jumping and not just pleasure. So what I'm asking isss what should we have done in the vet check? And how much will it cost? I want to make sure that I get all the right things checked out! Thanks!
UnrealJumper is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 19 Old 12-25-2009, 10:22 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: wisconsin
Posts: 5,695
• Horses: 3
you should get the horses eyes, mouth, heart, lungs, & legs checked out. make sure the vet flexes all four legs !

Gypsy & Scout <3
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ~Albert Einstein
gypsygirl is offline  
post #3 of 19 Old 12-29-2009, 08:50 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Lancing, TN
Posts: 262
• Horses: 0
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!
Production Acres is offline  
post #4 of 19 Old 12-29-2009, 09:19 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: MN
Posts: 197
• Horses: 2
I am having a pre-purchase exam done tomorrow on a $1200 gelding, the vet check should cost about $250, includes head to toe exam, flexion, x-ray of one hoof (a small hoof abnormality and I want to make sure), and coggins. This doesn't include worming or vaccines because he is current.
Good luck!
RoxanneElizabeth is offline  
post #5 of 19 Old 12-29-2009, 09:26 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Posts: 1,901
• Horses: 1
In my area, it was 300 dollars plus trip fee to have the vet come out and do a basic look over/flexion test. Since my horse was only 700 dollars total (he stayed at his old owners for awhile, so I paid them extra) it seemed like too much to spend.
justsambam08 is offline  
post #6 of 19 Old 12-29-2009, 09:32 AM
mls
Trained
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: MN
Posts: 5,464
• Horses: 3
Cost completely depends on how indepth you want to get.

If you are jumping, I would recommend a full set of radiographs. If the current owner has a previous set to compare a new set to - even better.
mls is offline  
post #7 of 19 Old 12-29-2009, 09:38 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a land far far away, or so I wish.
Posts: 12,825
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by Production Acres View Post
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.
Alwaysbehind is offline  
post #8 of 19 Old 12-29-2009, 09:45 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Western US
Posts: 1,059
• Horses: 3
I must say.....getting the vet check done is very important. When I got my mare (from my Dad who is the breeder) I had her vetted! She was given to me but because I would like to use her as a show horse and do dressage and jumping, I needed to make sure there was not Any issues!
I have heard that in some area's if the horse does not pass the check the seller ends up paying rather than the prospective buyer. Do not quote me on this as it is only something I have heard. Never seen it happen.
Hope all goes well ....
HP
HalfPass is offline  
post #9 of 19 Old 12-29-2009, 09:57 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: In a land far far away, or so I wish.
Posts: 12,825
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by HalfPass View Post
I have heard that in some area's if the horse does not pass the check the seller ends up paying rather than the prospective buyer. Do not quote me on this as it is only something I have heard. Never seen it happen.
Since there really is no passing and failing a vet check I have a hard time believing this. Add that I have never heard such a thing.

The buyer pays for it, they decide if the results make the horse work for what they intended.
Alwaysbehind is offline  
post #10 of 19 Old 12-29-2009, 10:03 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Posts: 1,901
• Horses: 1
^^I have also heard of this. Although, there can be many variations to it. If the seller pays for it, s/he also has the right to disclose the results to future potential buyers if the initial one falls through.
justsambam08 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Checking Your Diagonal? HorsePride English Riding 24 10-08-2009 03:59 PM
Couldn't do it: buying a new horse my2geldings Horse Talk 8 05-25-2009 05:34 PM
We're checking out the stables... tomorrow! FutureVetGirl Horse Talk 5 08-12-2008 02:34 PM
Checking in from Nottinghamshire UK - home of Robin Hood Beau Meet the Community 6 04-15-2008 06:41 AM
Buying Horse ~Tina~ Horses for Sale 9 07-19-2007 11:22 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome