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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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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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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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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. :smile:
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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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Sellers usually have no problems trailering the horse for a PPE.
You will pay for PPE and should pay for mileage or a set fee to the seller.If seller refuses pass on the horse
 

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So OP, what did you end up doing? (a month has passed)


In general, it would concern me a bit that you would have your dog's vet do a PPE. Usually, if you want to spend the money on a PPE, you take the horse to an equine specialist. The equine vets that I use only work on horses. (It's their speciality.)


So what do you mean by "basic exam"? What would you want your vet to do? I have never done a PPE on horses that I have bought, but I've also never bought one that was real expensive either. If I ever were to buy, say, a finished barrel horse, then there are absolutely things I would do such as front feet xrays and hock xrays, as well as flexion testing. The vet is always going to find something in the PPE, but I just want to be prepared for what maintenance I am looking at down the road. Those types of things on a PPE can get expensive very quickly. That's why for me if the horse's isn't very expensive in the first place, and I don't see any obvious issues I"m worried about, then it literally doesn't pay for me to do it. But that's up to you.



Ditto to the above that normally the seller hauls the horse to the vet of your choice, at the buyer's expense. If I were selling a horse, I would not want the buyer to haul my horse in case something happens.



I myself would not do a trial, if I were selling a horse. So many things can happen (horse gets hurt; buyer messes up horse's training, etc). Either I can see the rider is going to be a match for my horse, or not. Yes, there are sellers who are willing to do a trial. I myself am not.
 
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