Originally Posted by tlkng1
That was one thing I never considered with any horse I ever bought was having a drug panel pulled. I always got lucky I guess in that the horses stayed sane. No longer though..there are just too many people out there that will drug/sedate to get a horse sold. Any PPE, even one with a two week trial, I have a drug panel pulled and do not notify the owner ahead of time that I plan on having it done. That way if they sedate or use a lot of painkillers, the drug panel will pull it up.
I bought a horse that to this day I swear was drugged. The seller had blown his mind, and knew what she was doing. Well known rider, breeder, and seller too. On our Olympic team, in fact. At the very least, his mind was blown, and at the most, he may have been drugged.
Even with that experience, I've not pulled a panel on a potential purchase. However, I do make sure to mention it to the sellers - I tell them that I may ask for a blood panel with the vet check, and gauge the response. Keeping in mind the PPE would be set up right away. I have never felt that gut feeling that I should pull a panel, and have trusted the sellers I've bought from. Every one of them did not object to bloodwork in the least, and encouraged me to do what I needed to do to feel comfortable with the purchase. Posted via Mobile Device