A friend of mine is trying to sell a horse and another is trying to buy one and the buyer thinks she shouldnt have to pay for the vet, but I always thought the buyer paid for it... Just wondering. Thanks!
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Buyer always pays for the vet check. I've never once paid for it (or been asked to pay for it) when I was selling. I have been asked to forward the vet history/any xrays I may have of the horse to the practice performing the vet check which I of course have no problem with but that's it.
The only time I've heard of a seller paying for anything to do with vetting is if, during a ppe by a potential buyer, "something" turned up, the buyer walked and the seller wanted to investigate further to establish if this was a deal-breaker or a bargaining point, or nothing after all, for future sales potential and disclosure. This might also fit into the "honest sellers" thread.
The buyer should pay. The vet then has an obligation to make the disclosures regarding what is found during the exam to its client - the buyer, as opposed to the seller - and the buyer is in the position to decide how extensive the exam will be.
Exams can be very cheap, if limited to flexions, for example; very expensive, if every joint in the horse is xrayed; or something in between. The extent of the exam (and thus the cost) is typically based at least in part upon the buyer's anticipated use of the horse and the horse's history (an exam for a horse that a buyer expects to take Adv. and that has already had an upper level career may differ significantly from one done by a buyer looking for trail riding buddy, for example).
I was horse shopping this summer and had three different vet checks by three different vets on three different horses. One was $900, one was $500, and one was $450. All included the basics, plus x-rays of the front feet and hocks. The cheapest check was by my vet; the others were done out of state by "neutral" vets recommended by my hometown vet.
I was surprised by the $900 tab, but have had a bill as high as $1,200 for a horse I bought a few years ago. I think the sky's the limit if you want them to check more than the basic things.
I paid over $900 for my last PPE but we did something like 16 x-rays. (Front feet & legs, hind feet, hocks and stifles) Compared to the purchase price of the horse, it was worth it because I wouldn't have wanted to buy her and discover something down the road.
I paid $250 for a basic exam on another horse and then another $150 when something came up that I decided needed x-rays. She was not an expensive horse but that $400 dropped on a horse I ultimately did not buy saved me TONS of expense down the road. I'd never even heard of a two-year old with navicular!
Buyer pays, chooses the vet and decides how little or much will be done in the PPE.
i've had vets ask me how much the horse was, but not to determine how much to charge, but how many protocols to recommend (if I'm paying $1500 for a horse, my vet is not going to suggest going full-bore on the vet check like if I was paying $15K for the horse!)
The buyer should pay. The vet then has an obligation to make the disclosures regarding what is found during the exam to its client - the buyer ...
For this reason I am surprised a buyer would suggest the seller pay. Although I'm sure a good vet would behave ethically, it's rather a conflict of interest to be paid by the seller.
I bought a horse in the barn where I rode. Although the horse's long-time vet was to continue to be his vet, the vet agreed that another vet should do the pre-purchase exam because of his own relationship with the seller (he had been the seller's vet for a long-time, for several horses.) Bottom line, even though I think well of the horse's long-time vet, I wanted a pre-purchase vet that was clearly working for me and me only.