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post #1 of 14 Old 08-07-2014, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Ppe?

I'm having a PPE done on the horse I'm thinking about getting. Are there any questions I should ask while the vet is out?
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-07-2014, 10:03 AM
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Ask if the horse looks able to complete the task you will set for it.

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post #3 of 14 Old 08-07-2014, 10:23 AM
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^^^^this is key. no horse will be perfect. in order for the vet to answer this question, you need to be clear. for example, you could say:

"I want a jumper", which could mean anything from hopping over a few poles for fun, doing a few low level schooling shows, using the horse as a lesson horse or jumping competitively at a high level. a horse that would pass the tests for the former options may not pass the more rigorous tests for the latter option, it doesn't have to. If you said:

"I want a prospect for some low level hunter shows, maximum 2'6", but it will also be used as a trail horse" your vet would know that it needs a decent disposition and overall soundness, but a few minor conformation flaws wont make much of a difference.
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-07-2014, 10:54 AM
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Blue Spark nailed it on the head.
Be very specific about what you want the horse to do. Is there anything you have noticed on the horse that you have specific questions about? Example, if you have noticed the horse is reluctant to pick up the canter, or a certain lead, that would be a good thing to tell the vet and ask if s/he sees anything in the horse's conformation that might lead to these difficulties. Work with the vet as a team and you can learn a lot!
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Make certain the vet isn't the seller's vet.



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post #6 of 14 Old 08-07-2014, 12:06 PM
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There are so many unscrupulous sellers out there that can come over as being really nice I always have blood tests done to check for sedatives and pain meds - or anything else you might be worried about.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-08-2014, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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The seller gave me a list of vets in her area that she knows about, or that people she knows uses and the vet she currently uses. She is 3 hours from me and I do not know the area, and it is to far of a drive for my vet to go out...should I just look around online to see if I can find any more vets in the area? Or would it be a bad move if I used one of the ones she named but doesn't currently use? I'm having trouble finding a vet in her area that she hasn't listed...

Unless any of you are better at google searching vets than I am...the horse is located in Trivoli, Illinois if any of you want to give it a shot.

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post #8 of 14 Old 08-08-2014, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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I having a very difficult time finding a vet that isn't on her list...
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-08-2014, 08:43 AM
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I would call your vet and ask them if they can suggest a vet. If there is a race track in the area, find out who the majority of trainers use. In addition, any decent vet is going to be using digital xrays and these can be emailed to your vet with the push of a button.
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post #10 of 14 Old 08-08-2014, 08:51 AM
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I have no problem using the horses' current Vet. They usually know the horse, health history, etc. When you call to make the appointment, understand that if the Vet gets an emergency call, your PPE appointment may need to be rescheduled (something to consider if you are far from home). Be sure to ask the Vet what he includes in his PPE. Some do just a cursory exam for obvious lameness or illness, others will be as complete as you need (blood work, xrays, etc.)
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