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post #1 of 14 Old 08-02-2013, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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PPE; kind of a rhetorical qestion

Long story short, we are going to have to buy a horse for J, my mom, & Little Man. As most of you know, I'm not new to horses, and have "been around the block" a few times and would normally never buy a horse without a PPE.

That being said, if your horse's chiro (who was also a vet, but NOT your primary vet) told you about a horse that was in their care (routine stuff) and is exactly what you need & is in your price range, would you go thru with the PPE?

You also know the seller, not very well, but have run into them a few times. They have a decent reputation, and while their personality leaves a little to be desired (a little arrogant with how much $$$ they have), is known as a quality horseman & very old school as far as being honest regarding what the horse actually is.

The horse is a 6 year old QH mare, 14.1-14.3hh, on the finishing end of green broke, EXCELLENT breeding performance breeding, just got stuck with the short gene. Was started by the seller this past spring, and has been getting exercise from a 13 yr old intermediate rider . Will walk into a trailer on her own, and will allow you to clip her ears without a halter on.

The horse would be used for 4-H, local open shows, and for trail rides. So the question is, would you go thru a PPE?

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My question would be, is this horse under the care of the vet as a vet or as a chiropractor? If he's only adjusting the horse, he may not know of the other health issues. But if he's the horse's primary vet he should have a good idea.
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My question would be, is this horse under the care of the vet as a vet or as a chiropractor? If he's only adjusting the horse, he may not know of the other health issues. But if he's the horse's primary vet he should have a good idea.
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The chiro/vet that referred me to the horse is the sellers primary vet and also chiro. She was the one that performed the yearly check-up / shots on the mare this past spring. The chiro/vet is NOT MY primary vet, just my chiro.

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In that situation, no I would not do a PPE.
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In that case, I would be confident that no PPE is fine :)
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Since you trust the word of the primary vet for this horse and you are familiar with the owner, I would be okay with skipping the PPE.

She sounds like an absolute doll! I hope you get her .

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Since you trust the word of the primary vet for this horse and you are familiar with the owner, I would be okay with skipping the PPE.

She sounds like an absolute doll! I hope you get her .

Me too! You know me, I'm kind of stuck on my color breeds, and she's a sorrel with just a blaze, but she sounds absolutely PERFECT! I'm just hoping she's going to be short enough for my mom, that's the BIG hang-up right now.

The seller is at Congress?? And won't be home till late Sunday night. So much for picking her up tomorrow
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I personally would still do the PPE. There might be something going on that is recent, that the vet missed. Or something popped up.

To be on the safe side, I would.I purchased a mare from close friends. I was leasing their other mare, know them. Know the breeder.

Well. As I was loading her in the trailer after money was exchanged and bill of sale was signed. I heard her back end clicking. Joints popping.

Hindsight is 20/20. I should have got a PPE done. Maybe she was pre-disposed to something that caused her injury/illness and cost me $2000.

Bottom line, id PPE any horse.
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Personally, no I wouldn't skip a PPE. The only way I would skip a PPE is if I knew the horse for a long time and knew the history. I'm a little more cautious on taking people for their word and doing a basic PPE would put my mind at ease.

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Well, she's already relatively short so if she's just a touch too tall for Mom, you might be able to teach her to park out for mounting/dismounting. That would put the stirrup a few inches closer to the ground.
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