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post #31 of 40 Old 09-28-2011, 12:48 PM
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To "buyer be aware" we may want to add "buyer be informed".
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This is just my opinion, but you said you can't afford a PPE, and I think If you cant afford one yet you need to wait until you can before you get a horse, and have some money put away for vet bills as they will come, like every one else has experienced, we have had our fair share at spending thousands and thousand at the vet clinic. Just something to think about.
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Kayty, sorry to hear how hugo is doing. My thoughts are with you.
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post #34 of 40 Old 09-28-2011, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by princess warrior View Post
Kayty, sorry to hear how hugo is doing. My thoughts are with you.
Thank you pw, means a lot. I've been quite a wreck over the last few weeks. Just can't bring myself to do it yet because he's such a special horse to me. He was going quite well a few months ago and I was considering bringing him back into light work. I don't have anything to ride at the moment so would have loved to even just trail ride him. But he's gone bad again, in the wet weather we've been having his unstable hock is making him more prone to injury. He's been getting bad muscles spasms over his back and through his hindquarters which my vet has advised is a result of the hock injury and general racehorse wear and tear.
He is on bute and anti imflams for now until I can bring myself to give my vet he go ahead. I have arranged with my partner to organise it for me, so that one day I'll come home from work and Hugo just won't be there. I'm usually pretty tough when it comes to these things, and I'm the first to say 'its just a horse, when they're gone they're gone, they don't know any different'. But I am just so attached to this boy that I am struggling terribly to make the call.

Sorry... going off track - I guess mine is just another good reason to get at the very least, a very thorough general vet check and xrays of the main joints. It'll save you the immense heart ache and financial burden that I'm going through now. Almost AU$10 000 and 15 months of trying every treatment under the sun later, and I am now facing having him PTS anyway.

Save yourself to pain of it, a few hundred dollars is nothing in comparisson to ongoing treatment for a pre-existing and permanent injury

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post #35 of 40 Old 09-29-2011, 11:38 AM
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Originally Posted by natisha View Post
To "buyer be aware" we may want to add "buyer be informed".
Very true!

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post #36 of 40 Old 09-29-2011, 05:28 PM
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I didn't read all of the responses, but I have to say a PPE would definitely be a positive asset to purchasing a horse. At the very least you could possibly avert a lot of issues or feel more confident in the decision to buy. That being said, a PPE is a far cry from a "guarantee" and can start adding up in extra expenses in the event of multiple horses. I know many people who have purchased without one (in fact at least here its more of the norm not to) including myself with no issues at all. It is a higher risk but its at the buyers discretion, and there is nothing wrong with that. However I don't understand why people would bypass a PPE on a horse because of a low price tag. Doesn't vet care cost the same whether your horse was 300$ or 30k?
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post #37 of 40 Old 09-29-2011, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by JumpersRule View Post
Yeah, you are right. It's just that we're not loaded with money (lol) and I know that PPEs can get expensive, especially if you get x-rays. Just a general exam of the vet looking him over really isn't worth it since he couldn't see problems deep down. I don't know...I'd rather take the risk then spend the money.
They could do a flexion test cheaply and that could tell you alot. My friend was selling a 25K horse and he passed everything but the flexion test. I think alot of it would depend on the price of the horse. It could seem sound because it could have been given some drugs.
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post #38 of 40 Old 09-29-2011, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by JumpersRule View Post
Ok, should use a vet in the horse's are instead of your own, right? It would cost huge bucks to have my vet travel 2 hours away to do this stuff...
Just do not use the sellers vet
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post #39 of 40 Old 09-29-2011, 09:09 PM
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Personally, I think it depends on what you're going to use the horse for and it's purchase price. I didn't do a PPE on my gelding, because it would have cost more than he did. It just wasn't worth it for me.

For my mare, I'm considering a basic exam just to rule out anything big. She's 16 years old, a retired racehorse and an ex-broodmare. I can only imagine what issues she might have, and I'd like to ease my mind a little bit. That said, she's going to cost me just under $1000 including the hauling fee and I plan to buy her regardless. So, I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I've already made up my mind to buy her because she's such a special horse to me, so I'm having a hard time justifying a $300+ PPE. Even if she turns out to be walk/trot sound only, that would be fine.
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post #40 of 40 Old 09-30-2011, 11:08 PM
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As someone above suggested, don't buy the horse until you have saved enough money to pay for the PPE.

I think you should get as much info about the horse as you possibly can if you are serious about bringing him home. Horses depend on us to provide them with food, water, shelter etc. Taking on a new horse is a big commitment and you should be well informed. Good Luck :)

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