New Horse - Vet Report?
I'm getting ready to buy a four year old QH mare (reining prospect). She seems like exactly the kind of horse I'm looking for, and I'm getting ready to close on her. I asked her current owner for a vet report to make sure she's healthy, but what do I ask to be checked specifically? What diseases and illnesses should I specifically ask about?
Get your vet to do a PPE. I believe in doing them on any horse, because unexpected vet bills for a preexisting condition that you didn't find out about because you never had a PPE done can make a cheap or free horse suddenly very expensive. If you are spending any kind of money on this horse though, definitely, definitely get one done. I wouldn't just trust vet records.
I agree that you should get a pre purchase examination (PPE)
How heavily you have the horse vetted is up to you. Personally I would ask for heart ,wind, eyes and flexion test to be done. This involves having the horse ridden and galloped, run up in hand after holding each leg up to test for joint problems.
Something that is also done in the UK as more or less routine, is that at the time of examination the vet draws blood. One phial is given to the vendor and the other he keeps. Should the horse go lame soon after purchase or act very differently to when it was vetted, you can have the blood tested for pain killers or dope. If all os well then the phials can be thrown. Each phial is sealed and signed by vet and vendor.
How broke is she? Was she shown snaffle bit? What does her pedigree look like?
Reining horses can have a slew of problems depending upon their conformation, training and genetics.
No...you do not ask the owner to do the vet check. You pick the vet and make a point to be there during the exam. It's buyer beware so it's your expense.
If you tell the vet you're doing a pre purchase exam on a reiner they should be able to talk you through the common things to check.
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Yes, do not have the owner do the vet exam. Sometimes the vet doesn't note things because he knows and likes the owner. I had this happen when selling a mare. The buyer wanted a vet check, but wanted me to call my vet and pay for it. I did, but the vet just showed up, looked at the horse briefly and wrote out a paper saying she was healthy and sound. I didn't really know what to ask him to do at the time, and the buyer didn't specify. He was trying to help me out I guess? I let it slide because I was not happy about having to pay for it with no guarantee the lady would buy, and because I was high school age and didn't really know what to do.
PS: This mare was sound as far as I knew. He didn't flex her though.
Thanks for all your help! I'll get a PPE done, I just don't know if I can find another vet to examine her. Is it really that much of an issue? I can try and find a vet in the horse's area, but her current home is pretty far from me, so my vet wont do it... She's broke to ride, but definitely still needs some work before I can compete on her. Great pedigree on her sire's side. Dam's side isn't too bad either- all AQHA registered, but no records of them competing in AQHA shows. She currently rides with a snaffle bit.
Thanks again for all your help!!
Have you seen the horse in the flesh?
My concern would be that she is built to do the job you want her for. Will her conformation hold up? Is there a vet in the area where she is located (not the vet of the owner) who could to the PPE? It would be good if you could be there.
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