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post #1 of 65 Old 10-25-2012, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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How stupid would I be not to get a vet check?

So I already know what alot of you are going to say..that it would be totally stupid for me not to get a vet check...

Here's the scoop-
I'm looking at a 11 yo reg QH gelding. Cutting and sorting horse his whole life which I know is more reason to get the vet check done. This lady selling has a good reputation and isn't shady like most sellers I've met and delt with.

She's in love with the horse and said she wants first right of refusal if anything were to happen. She had the horse as a 3 yo and he was sold to someone who worked cows on him and got a new horse so they sold him back to this lady.

He's not lame not stiff. Turns on a dime and overall perfect. I wanted to get a vet check but we have a hurricane coming and that's the soonest every vet I called can do it. Now, in naturally impatient and thick headed so I'm just thinking to say screw it to the PPE. I've never had one on my guys but I've never payed over $800 for a horse either. I'm just so anxious. I am in love and regardless of what the PPE says, aslong as he's still rideable (which I know he will be) I'm fine if he has a tad of arthritis, etc.

Would it mean anything to have her guarantee in writing that he's 100% sound and healthy? Or would that ultamitely mean squat?

So who here actually does PPEs? How stupid am I for not getting it done? (If I decide to not have it done)

I won't be using this horse for cows or anything that he's use to. All I do is trail blaze and a little bit of everything, but I won't work him hard like he does when he's on a cow. I just like I relax and hangout!

What are your stories? I know alot of people do and some don't do a PPE. What're your throughts ?
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I paid $600 for a horse recently and didn't get a PPE. I'm now dealing with anxiety because the horse is potentially not sound.

Of course, I knew I was taking a gamble because the horse had a prior injury. My trainer felt that even with a PPE, there would've been no guarantees because only after he's put into training will we be able to tell whether he'll remain sound.

Will the seller give you a "trial period?" Something like 30 days, and if he ends up not being sound, she'll refund your money (possibly minus a "deposit?")? That would've been my ideal situation.
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Well I've been going to the barn and hanging out with the horse as much as I've wanted. She rode him for me twice and me and my trainer both rode him. I'm aloud to come out and see/ride/play with him as much as I want. She just won't do a trail because of an issue that occurred last time she did. But otherwise, I've seen the horse multiple times and have seen him ridden multiple times.
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A PPE will give you a good idea about the horse's overall health. However, there are no guarantees with live creatures that they'll stay healthy and sound.

The owner can't guarantee that he's 100% sound, and she'd be foolish to put anything like that in writing.

There's a reason horses are sold 'as is'. It's entirely up to you whether or not to get a PPE done.
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You know the risks. Ultimately it is your decision what you decide to do. If it were me, there's not way I would ever buy a horse without getting at least a basic PPE. The current owner may not know something is lurking underneath and you dont want to end up dealing with something more than you bargained for. You have to look out for yourself because no one else will do it for you.

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I must confess that I have not had PPE's done on any of my current horses because I bought one at an auction as a two year old (still sound and now a six year old); another was not that much money (I have space so if the horse was lame I could have turned her into a pasture puff but she is sound so needn't have worried); another was guaranted sound and would have been taken back (still sound by the way) and the last one I knew was crippled up but I only wanted him as a companion horse (the price on him was less than the first time I had his teeth floated). So, it's a gamble but if you rely on your gut instinct and experience you can work the odds in your favour. Good luck.
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I'm one of those idiots who didn't bother with a PPE. I got my horse from a Thoroughbred rescue and I knew that he had an old injury that was fully healed (confirmed later on after I brought him home). I wasn't particularly concerned about a PPE, though I knew it would be smarter. I actually expected to have some kind of problem with him. I got lucky, I guess. He is perfectly sound, getting stronger with his training, no vices except an obsessive need for nose-kisses...

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Originally Posted by Cowgirls Boots View Post
I am in love and regardless of what the PPE says, aslong as he's still rideable (which I know he will be) I'm fine if he has a tad of arthritis, etc.
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I think this answers your question. Why would you spend the extra money for a full PPE if you are going to buy him anyway? You know he is rideable in as far as the PPE would be able to tell you already. So I would buy him and just plan on a vet check when you get him home to cover things like seeing if his teeth need floated and a wellness check. If she wants the right of first refusal, I am sure she would be willing to sign a contract stating that if the wellness check turns up something terribly major, she would buy him back.
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I was wondering if she could legally abide to that? (A contract saying if something's terribly wrong -health wise- that shed buy him back.

Regardless she wants first right of refusal and who says that if you know a horse is sick? (I mean I wouldn't, anyway) I'd say something along the lines of 'take him as far away as you can'
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Honestly with the hurricane coming, he's probably safer in his current home til it passes.

As far as a PPE it sounds like you want the horse regardless, so that's up to you.
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