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post #1 of 4 Old 02-27-2011, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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What do you have checked when buying a new horse

Ive had conflicting answers on this by different people owning different breeds.Im looking for a TWH and i am going to have a vet check before i buy .Do i HAVE to get an exray done or is this just something that is not totally necessary.When i talk to my good ole boy county folks they all say its not just have the vet come out and see the horse..When i talk to my hunter jumper peeps tht own $30,000 horses they say NEVER buy a horse without an exray.So what are your thoughts
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-27-2011, 02:02 PM
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It's just a risk you decide to take or not. You don't have to, but you can ask during the PPE if th vet reccomends an xray. Here's a good article on what a vet check usually covers:

Horse Buying Tips: Have a Vet Examine the Equine Before Purchasing
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This is a debate many people struggle with. I personally would always get a vet check AND x-rays because even if the horse your looking at costs two hundred dollars, he could turn into a ten thousand dollar horse over night with all the expenses.

X-rays may be expensive in the short-run but they could pay for themselves many times over if you find a large problem.

It does however, like you stated above, come down to complete personal preference, but I personally think that they are necessary with the vet check.
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I personally think that a lot of it depends on what you are going to do with the horse. If you are just looking for a pleasure or trail mount, and he passes the prepurchase exam, then I wouldn't get x-rays. Now if you were getting a horse you are planning on jumping, or doing high impact sports with, reining, barrel racing, that sort of thing, I would do x-rays even if he passes the prepurchase exam. Age also plays a role as well. If he's older, or young, and has been used hard, I'd do x-rays even if all you want to do is trail/pleasure riding. I've seen people advertising jumping prospects in my area, that are 4 and 5, and already consistently jumping 3+ feet and showing, and I would be concerned what type of damage, or abnormal bone growth the x-rays for those horses would show.
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