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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec. 3, 2002

    Default Yearling Pre-Purchase Exam

    How extensive an exam would you all do on a yearling? Which joints to x-ray?
    Tell me what you'd do and an approximate price I should plan on.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr. 3, 2003
    Up the creek from bar.ka


    I figure about $800 - 1K in prepurchase. I like xrays on a yearling of ft feet. Ankles. Hocks & Stifles. Weanlings I'll do hocks and stifles and not bother with the others.

    I've also been known to pull blood on the young ones just to make sure they have all their parts are working correctly, liver, kidneys etc.

    I don't think flexions are appropriate for young horses in prepurchase exams.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar. 20, 2010
    Bucks County, PA


    For the yearlings I've sold, buyers have done xrays of front feet, knees, hocks, and stifles. I do not allow flexion tests to be done on my youngsters. The vet also thoroughly checks the horse over, including taking vitals, look at the eyes, conformation, palpates the legs, and watches them move in hand if they are well-behaved (at the walk and trot), and/or free (w/t/c). I have had buyers pull blood for a drug screen, though I definitely don't consider that the norm.

    In my area, I would expect to spend around $1,000-$1,500 or so.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb. 9, 2005
    Upper Midwest


    I wouldn't do/allow flexions either.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jan. 13, 2003


    We try to do baselines on all the horses/ponies we put up for sale but it is costly. I had thought the digital xrays would bring the costs down - it seems to have made them more expensive.
    We also don't allow flexions on horses/ponies until they are 3. I don't need some over zealous Vet injuring a youngster that I have for sale.
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