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    09-18-2009, 03:00 PM
Another question about my new horse!! You guys will hate me!!

I am getting a vet exam before I purchase her. A basic exam is 42 dollars. An exam with x-rays is 147 dollars. Are the x-rays REALLY needed?
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    09-18-2009, 03:08 PM
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People will disagree with me on this one but... depending on what the horse is for and how much it costs... I'm not a huge exam person.

If I'm getting a trail horse, I won't do an exam.....
    09-18-2009, 03:10 PM
She will be a barrel horse, but I'll never run her hard. I won't have a care in the world if we are never a 1D winner. We could be 3rd place in 4D and I would be estatic.

My trainer suggested to get a basic, and if the vet sees anything that alarms her, to pay for the x-rays.

P.S - she is 1500.
    09-18-2009, 03:10 PM
Yes. If you have the money, you definitely want the x-ray examination. It would save you a lot of trouble to figure out if the horse had problems now than a month after you bought her, so you could find a horse with good legs that won't break down. A vet check is extremely important in the purchasing decision and you want it to be as thorough as possible. The best part about a vet check is that the horse seller can lie about their horse's legs and health but the vet's x-rays and examinations will tell the truth no matter what. I would do the x-ray exam. I did it for my two purchases and I am glad I did.
    09-18-2009, 03:32 PM
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Yeah, if it were me I would just get the basic then. But that's just me....
    09-18-2009, 03:48 PM
I would, somebody I know bought a horse without x-rays and she couldn't ride him for the first year she had him because he was lame all the time. Apparently he has navicular and arthritis in both front legs. Poor guy, he's only 8.
I couldn't get xrays for my horse because my mom didn't want to pay for it. But luckily he was sound!
    09-18-2009, 04:09 PM
XRays saved me from buying a horse with pins in his legs.

For me though, it depends on the horse. The horse I mentioned was Off the track. Looking at his race record, something was definitely up. The horse was absolutely perfect for me in every other way, but we ended up crossing him off with the pre purchase.

Diesel, I didn't do a PPE with. Honestly, the large majority of that was I was buying my first horse and I rushed into it. I suffered for that in a lot of ways, but don't regret it (now).

If he has race history, competed heavily, etc, I would XRay.
If he seems fine and there's no red flags, I'm going to say that honestly, you're probably going to be fine without them.

Xrays are ideal, but they are expensive. You're PROBABLY going to be okay if you don't have them and he passed the basic exam.
    09-18-2009, 05:17 PM
Not really a help (we never did x-rays), but although x-rays can give you some comfort about certain problems, there is also plenty that an x-ray will miss, too.
    09-18-2009, 05:20 PM
She looks, walks, trots, and canters totally sound looking in her videos. She was a 13 year old boy's horse until he lots interest in horses for sports, and they've had her since she was a weanling. They broke her, gave her to their kid, and now are selling her because he lost interest.

Well, I called the vet back and they can't even do exams on Saturdays. This horse will be sold Saturday even if it is not to me--the owner promised me first dibs, and I get to see her first, but three more people are coming after me if I don't buy her then.

But I honestly think she is fine. This is in a really country, quiet, everyone-has-horses kind of town. She has e-mailed me probably over 100 times at this point, and she seems honest, sincere, and claimed she has bought horses mistakenly and would never do that to someone else.
    09-18-2009, 05:38 PM
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Wow, that is the cheapest pre-purchase I've ever heard of!! My vet charges around $200-250 for the exam. PPEs with xrays are closer to $700! Since you're wanting a performance horse (even if your aspirations aren't to get to the top) I'd just go ahead and pay for the xrays. The owner may not be trying to screw you over but there might be things going on that will affect his future soundness that she doesn't know of.

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