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post #1 of 7 Old 07-12-2008, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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vet checks?

how much does it cost to get a horse checked by a vet? just saying if your looking at potential horses to buy and you wanted to get them checked out. how much does it usually cost?

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-12-2008, 02:23 PM
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vet checks

I am looking at buying a new horse so I need to know too...I will get in contact with my vet soon and let you know what I find out! :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-12-2008, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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okay thanks!

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-12-2008, 05:30 PM
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It depends on where you live and exactly how detailed a vet exam you want. Most prepurchase exams are time consuming and very detailed---they tend to start over $100 for the exam because they include lameness, neurological, body condition, conformation, oral exam and an assessment as to whether or not the horse will stand up to whatever use you intend.

Your best bet is to call the vet you intend to use for pre-purchase exams and discuss cost with them.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-13-2008, 12:44 AM
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Depends on the vet. The ones I have had done, have cost anywhere from $250-350.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-14-2008, 11:57 AM
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anywhere from $100 to $500 depending on what you are asking for.

I personally don't get them. I do however show them to my trainer first. The reason I don't get them is because first off any vet can find a reason to fail a horse and that is for their own liability purposes, which means you'll never get a 100% sound out of it. There will always be a "You could see some arthritis in this area years down the road" type of comment. But you will get a "today the horse is in good health" comment.

I don't not believe in them... I just don't get them... Although If I were paying 10k, I might get one....not srue though....
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-14-2008, 12:10 PM
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The most important thing for me is xrays on the pre-purchase. My vet charges $90 to xray 2 legs from the knee down. And try to find a vet that has digital xrays....the old fashioned kind are fairly outdated and all but useless. The digital kind gives you a very detailed can zoom in and out and the vet should give you a cd to show to your trainer or whoever else with all the xrays on it.

So the last pre-purchase I got was $180 to xray all 4 vet doesn't charge me for the basic stuff like looking in their mouth and conformation check.

If the horse is a grey...don't forget to get an eye exam and the skin around their sheath examed for melanomas.
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