A Lot Of Factors Go Into Deciding Whether Or Not A Pre-Purchase Is Necessary
In this post I will just go over some factors that influence the decision whether or not this is necessary. As with practically all horse related topics, there are a million opinions on these things and these are just what I have to offer from my experience.
Cost Of Horse
Depending on the cost of the horse you are interested in you have to weigh the cost of a pre-purchase exam.
If you are spending a pretty penny for a horse that you plan to use for showing or other athletic purposes. It is easy to justify the pre-purchase exam. If there is something going on that is not obvious from the outside. Wouldn’t you rather find out about it now, that a few months after you buy the horse?
The cost of a pre-purchase exam really depends on your area. As well as how extensive you want the pre-purchase to be. If you want x-rays, ultrasounds or anything like that, it could get expensive quick. Sometimes over a thousand dollars.
A basic health exam where they check heart, lungs, do a flexion test for soundness. Will run much less, probably a few hundred dollars.
If you are buying a less expensive horse. Maybe an older horse as a pleasure horse or first horse for your child or yourself, you have to take into consideration the horses age.
Yes, it is important to know that the horse is healthy. I have found though that pre-purchase on older horses sometimes turns into a can of worms. They may find arthritis, or old injuries that aren’t even bothering the horse. Which is going to most likely complicate your decision rather than making it more clear for you.
A Deciding Factor
If you are considering a pre-purchase exam, it says to me that you think you have found a horse that might be right for you. You just want to make sure that health and soundness wise it is up to the task you have for it.
Keep in mind when deciding about a pre-purchase, whether it will make your decision easier to make or will it make it harder.
Luckily for me I have a sixth sense for horses and I can go with my gut. It doesn’t fail me since I observe every horse obsessively.
If you are not sure, ask your trainer or the experienced friend who has helped you through this whole process so far.
Make Sure There Is No Conflict Of Interest
If you do decide you want to go ahead and get the exam done. To assure there is no conflict of interest you want to either use your vet, or a third parties vet. You don’t want to use the owner of the horses regular vet as that would definitely be a conflict of interest.
Deciding Whether Or Not You Want To Get A PPE Done…
Is still super exciting, because it means you have potentially found the perfect horse for you! You are getting closer and closer to owning your own horse! That’s a big deal!