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post #1 of 9 Old 11-14-2014, 02:28 AM Thread Starter
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pre purchase xrays

Hello! I am possibly going to be looking at a horse with a bone chip in his knee. The owner has given me the xrays, but the problem is the only vet who actually does this surgery in the area is her vet. So I was wondering if any of you know a vet who would be open to giving an opinion on the xrays just by looking at them. I could even post them on here if anyone knows anything about bone chips. Thanks!!
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post #2 of 9 Old 11-14-2014, 02:57 AM
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Hi, don't know about vets, but it might be an idea to let people know where you're from, for those suggestions - I have a really good vet here, if Victoria, Australia isn't too far to travel!

I'd be wanting to know why has the horse got a bone chip, and what else may go along with that. Eg. is it from OCD & being 'grown up' too quick? Is it from too much stressful work? Is it from a paddock accident?
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post #3 of 9 Old 11-14-2014, 03:29 AM Thread Starter
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I live in Maryland, US, so Australia might be a little far ;). I'm not necessarily looking for a vet to go to, but just one who would look at the x rays for a second opinion. Via email or such. The horse I am looking at was a race horse so that's how he got the chip. Thanks!
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post #4 of 9 Old 11-14-2014, 05:08 AM
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I once enquired about a police horse.
Price looked too good to be true. When I phoned, they said he had a bone chip that was easily operated on, for 1500. That was the reason his price was so low, if he had the chip removed he'd be worth a lot more.
Then I posed the question.. well why don't you get it removed, rehab him and sell him for more?
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I would get more history from the owners and advice from your vet on the possibility of more bone chips, or why he has had this happen in the first place. As far as I am aware, the bone chip surgery is fairly simple, but there can be complcations with calcium build ups, or the chance of is happening again and depending what you want the horse for, depends entirely on what you can then do with them i.e long gallops, jumping
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I live in Maryland, US, so Australia might be a little far ;). I'm not necessarily looking for a vet to go to, but just one who would look at the x rays for a second opinion. Via email or such. The horse I am looking at was a race horse so that's how he got the chip. Thanks!
If this horse's race career was ended for that chip, dont walk away RUN! If you are here asking, then its clear you do not have a vet, that can maintain major soundness issues. Average chip removal is only maybe 1500, so a rather small investment in the horse world. Knees are not the easiest to keep up with on the maintenance scale. The follow up injections are fairly cheap about $150 per knee and the amount they need to be done varies.
Bottom line, what a vet will charge you to revue those xrays, is already more then what the horse is worth , in fact you would be far into the negative
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post #6 of 9 Old 11-14-2014, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the responses. Just to be clear, I do have a vet that deals with bone chips and does surgeries ect. BUT it is her vet too. So I'm not sure if I will get an honest answer. And I normally wouldn't even consider a horse with a bone chip, but this horse is practically free. And that's why I needed someone to look at the xrays to see how much debris the chip caused, how likely it would be to have a full recovery, ect. Thanks again!
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I would ask the owner to do the surgery, to call me when he's healed & then I'd pay the increased price for a sound horse but only if I really wanted to have that horse.

Cheap isn't always cheap.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-14-2014, 12:48 PM
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A horse is never free, especially when it comes with a vet bill already tied to its neck.

The money you'd put in to correcting to horse with surgery, IMO, would be better spent on a horse without issues...
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