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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Oct. 2, 1999
    Mendocino County, CA: Turkey Vulture HQ


    I figure if I buy the horse I'd eventually end up doing all those diagnostics anyway when it takes its first lame step. Might as well do it before the bill of sale when you can still walk away.

    You should expect any horse who has been in work for a while with real show experience to have some arthritic changes and the like. You just want to know what they are before you write a check.
    If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Feb. 27, 2000


    I just went through this recently. Two failed PPEs before I found one that passed. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to the "how many times" question. You could vet 10 horses and have them all fail, or have the first one pass the first time. I think your best bet would be to make an educated evaluation before having the PPE done -- ask lots of questions about the horse, its history, watch it go, look it over physically with an educated trainer or professional, etc., and also consider how much horse you're getting for the price. If you're on a limited budget, which it sounds like you might be, keep in mind that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is -- like if you're getting a proven 3'6" horse for $10,000, there's probably something wrong. Sometimes you can do all that and they still won't pass, in which case you can either reconsider your priorities (is whatever issue REALLY that much of a dealbreaker?) or thank your lucky stars you paid for the PPE and not for a lame horse.

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