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post #1 of 5 Old 07-31-2020, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Prepurchase Exam

I feel a little silly asking this, but I am in the process of looking for my first horse. I am already planning on getting a prepurchase exam done. I’ve called vets in my area to get quotes on the cost. In discussing this with the vets in my area it seems very difficult to get a vet out to any farm in the near future (my vet that I use for my dogs is booked through next month on farm visits). So my question is it normal to have the seller haul the horse to a vet office? I’m sure the seller doesn’t want me loading up and driving off to the vet with a horse that I haven’t technically purchased yet - so I’m a little confused as to how people get this done in a timely manner?
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-31-2020, 01:27 PM
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Are you going to do a trial period on the horse? I would recommend it.

I would try to do a trial for at least a week, at which point you can take the horse off their property to your barn. Depending on the language of the trial period, you may also be able to haul it to a vet office during that time.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-31-2020, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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I would love to do a trial but so far none of the horses I have looked at have owners that are willing to do it. I’m also not finding a ton of horses that would suit me - I think the kind of horse I want (All around and safe) is the kind people hold onto for forever haha.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-31-2020, 04:19 PM
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Yes, sellers will often haul a horse to the vet of your choice for a PPE done if it is a upfront known part of the plan. Do not use a vet affiliated with their vet or practice.
The seller is not paying that PPE bill so is not owed any information either unless you choose to share it.
They seller may ask for some money as it is their time and rig being used but it is their horse being sold contingent on a outcome acceptable to you.
Some owners may indeed tell you you can take the horse, but more common in my experience is owner hauled to purchasers vet location for exam to be done.
The costs though are all yours to incur...ship, exam..but information is also yours not theirs.

Costs for the exam can vary greatly dependent upon what is needed done...
Are you looking for a general wellness check-up or are you wanting all the bells and whistles checked with full x-rays, flexxions, diagnostics and or ultrasounds, bloods drawn and sent out..
There are many variables in pricing for this reason and at any point you not like or the vet advises you of a issue you will not tolerate...then the vetting stops and you pay only for what has been done.
Depending upon your agreement made, the sale of the animal may take place right then and their and if acceptable findings you pay for and the horse is delivered immediately...
All those details need worked out in advance once you find the horse of your dreams.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-01-2020, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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I’m thinking of doing just a basic exam. I don’t have any competition goals. I do like barrel racing but not to win. I’d like to be able to do small jumps but everything is just for fun. So I don’t think an extensive exam is necessary.

Are there any add ons to the basic that are highly recommended regardless of the horse’s purpose?
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