Before You Buy A Horse, Important Considerations – Part Six

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Now you have seen the horse, ridden the horse (or evaluated on a lunge line if not trained), you have determined that is appears to be a good match – now comes the final hurdle – Vet check and Physical Examination.

When it comes to a vet check, we always recommend in investing in the most thorough vet check possible.  It is better to be prepared in advance for any ongoing maintenance requirements if something in the vet check is acceptable but not perfect OR find out that there is an issue that makes the horse not suitable for the purpose he/she is being purchased.

Some key things to consider in a vet check, in addition to the routine components of watching the horse in hand, flexion tests, physical examination including teeth, eyes, bloodwork, neurological tests, x-rays (including feet) and obtaining a full vet history, would be the following:

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  • Back x-rays if ANY sign of discomfort on palpation
  • Evaluation of posture and behavior of ridden horse (bear in mind that underlying pain, in most cases, is the cause of behavior issues and should ALWAYS be investigated)
  • Examination by appropriate body workers to determine if there are any unusual muscle, fascia or bone issues that may not show up in a vet check.
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It is important to take care in picking the professionals that understand and share your motivation, have the appropriate skills and understanding of your specific situation, and can guide you in truly picking the appropriate horse for YOU.

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