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post #1 of 8 Old 03-28-2009, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Would you vet check a 20 year old POA?

Yesterday we looked at a 20 year old mare, POA 13.1hh for my 12 year old daughter. My daughter will always be very small and won't outgrow her. Since my dd has some special needs, she needs a super safe and calm trail horse. This pony seems to fit the bill.

She appears to be in good health for her age---owners have had her for 7 years and 1 family before that. She is on just hay, no grain and came through a very cold/snowy winter just fine with only a run in (no blanket, etc).

I know she will need her teeth floated and her feet done but she did ride over gravel/stones without missing a step.

The lady is asking $1500 for her which I know is very high in the current horse market when so many horses are free or nearly free. Problem is, most of them are not the super safe, follow mom's horse down the trail type horse. Also, horses in the 13-14hh range are hard to find. Her size would allow my dd to show in 4H (pony has 12 years experience showing) in the pony class where competition is much less and there is not the craziness of classes of 20+ kids trying to all lope in a circle.

Would it be worth a vet check or for this price, just take your chances? She had a coggins pulled and her spring shots last week.

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-28-2009, 02:16 PM
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Since the pony will be carrying your daughter, I would make sure that the pony is healthy and not drugged when you went to see her and your daughter ride her.

I'd rather be safe than sorry.

On that note though, I have purchased 3 horses and haven't gotten a pre-purchase exam done on any of them. Only with 1 was there something that wasn't disclosed, but for what we wanted to do with him, doesn't affect anything. Well 2 really, but it wasn't something that would prevent me from doing things.

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I always get a vet check done. I think it is worth it in the end.
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-28-2009, 02:36 PM
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I would get a vet check just to be safe. Although Most my horses never got vet checked but they were either leased, known before we (my parents and I) bought, or we bought knowing something was wrong. The one horse we did get a vet check on we ended up selling because he was crazy...haha.

First lease pony: was a lease so we didn't bother.
First horse: Vet checked, passed, and then ended up being crazy.
Second horse: we bought knowing she had leg problems (but was sound). Parents have payed more in vet bills on her than they actually payed for her but it was worth it becuase she was exactly what I needed and a very safe horse.
Second lease pony: again a lease no vet check.
Third horse: I knew her for about 2 (ish probably more like 1 and a half, but yea you get it I knew her for a while) years before I got her and me and my parents knew she was sound. she had gotten an abscess over the winter but had since had the vet look at her and was said to be 100% sound and was.
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post #5 of 8 Old 03-28-2009, 04:17 PM
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Yep, a vet check is in order. You are talking about a horse that is at an age where there can be many problems that aren't really noticeable without a good exam or may occur in short order. So, knowing what you are getting into is a good idea especially since these old POA's can live for MANY years and you could be getting yourself into some long-term expense.

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-28-2009, 05:44 PM
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Yes, get a vet check. There can always be something that is not obvious at first. As for the price, I really don't think that $1500 is all that much for a guaranteed broke, kid-proof horse with show experience. Those are the most priceless horses of all. If she passes the vet check and your daughter likes her, then I say go ahead.

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-28-2009, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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I emailed the owner (she was gone today) about a vet check. The horse market is very low in our area but yet safe and sane for my daughter with special needs is priceless.

We can handle some medical/older horse issues as long as she is sound for trail riding mostly at a walk. We have a 31 year old gelding with no teeth so we are used to older horse issues.

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post #8 of 8 Old 03-29-2009, 01:38 PM
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I agree in this situ to have a vet check done. It sounds like you are looking for something long-term and reliable. If you found out down the road there was something that would have shown up in a vet check and you had opted not to do one, you'd feel awful.
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