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  • vetting a horse...costs?

    Okay, its been forever since I have had a horse vetted...How much (roughly) do you guys think it will cost for a vetting with Hock and feet xrays?

    "If you are nervous you arent focused-if you are focused, there is no room for nerves!"

  • #2
    1200 for the whole shebang here
    "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


    • #3
      Of course this will depend - however, these are rough numbers.

      Vet Exam (eyes, heart, lungs, physical, jog, flexions all around, and observed under tack and on a lunge line): $400 - $500
      Blood work - Coggins: $40ish
      CBC / Chemistry: $135ish
      Drug Screen: $200ish?

      Xrays, in my part of the world are $49/plate + the set up and processing fee. Hocks are generally 4 views each, feet could be upwards of 5 shots each?

      Take into consideration I am used to the process of vetting show horses! A full vetting in Palm Beach with a FULL set of xrays can be upwards of $3,000. However - there are MANY variations of vettings!


      • #4
        I vetted my horse back in February. I don't know how prices will compare, but I am in KY and my vet is with Rood and Riddle. I paid around $900. That included a basic exam ($150) of general health, flexions, watching him lunge (he was very green) etc. I did hocks, stifles, front feet a naviulars with digi xrays....so 21 at $32/shot which is around $670 (he did stifles and didnt charge me). I didn't do knees, pull blood or drug test (seller was a good friend of my trainer).
        "I can't help but wonder,what would Jimmy Buffett do?"



        • #5
          Here in Wisconsin I paid about $1200-1500 each time I had a horse vetted. That was with the full X-rays.

          I loff my Quarter horse clique

          I kill threads dead!


          • #6
            Just took a horse for a vetting (passed) comprehensive physical, extended flex n jog, cardio wind and front feet x-rays, Strangles shot, and blood pulled saved for future tox screen if needed $750.

            Last week had another horse vetted on site (passed) comprehensive physical, flex jog as well as neuroligic work up, extended lunge for cardio/wind, digitals of a front foot (1) and hock (1) on site plus health cert stangles and call fee $1,070.00

            And in same week had on site pre-purchase basic physical w/ flex n jog no x-rays but blood and strangles plus health certificate (pssed) $375.00

            All w/ diffrent vets all w/ in a 10 day span

            Yes I sell alot of horse OK


            • #7
              $800-$1500 with limited - x-rays, around $2000 for all x-rays, maybe a bit more if you have to ultrasound


              • #8
                It's usually around $1500 for me. The most expensive one I ever did was $2500 but it included hock injections and was done in Wellington during WEF.


                • #9
                  Last time I bought a horse was about 1.5 years ago. I'm in the LA area. Cost was upwards of $1200 for the visit, blood, x-rays.


                  • #10
                    Depends on the menu...it can run as high as $2300 in my neck of the woods (don't ask me how I know!).


                    • #11
                      in West Palm Beach- around $2500+ for a full vetting with full xrays and soundness exam.


                      • #12
                        I spent almost as much vetting my most recent purchase as I did on him. He was an OTTB so I did hocks, stifles and front feet xrays plus the basic flexions etc. It was about $1200.
                        Can you stress-fracture your brain?


                        • #13
                          Think you are in my area so, ballpark is about 1k. That's the full physical with blood panel and pics of all 4 feet. More if you go into any great detail.
                          When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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                          • #14
                            I paid $1,200. i had hocks, feet, knees x-rayed. I also had export papers done at the same time because i was importing from Canada. and i the foreign exchange rate at the time was in favor of the canadian dollar! (grrrr! only when i was buying a horse did the exchange rate go in favor of the canadian dollar! $1 US dollar netted .95 cents canadian)


                            • #15
                              Not so expensive

                              I got a deal somehow... not sure how, but it was $450 for the full exam, and I live near Chicago. All of the work was done for this, too.

                              I used to be an A circuit competitor where it was over $2,000 so you can imagine how pleased I was with this! I think it may depend upon the vet.. it can be a rip!!


                              • #16
                                I paid $1500 for everything. including tons of x rays.
                                I wanted to make sure I was buying a sound horse. In my mind it was worth every penny.


                                • #17
                                  The vet I would use to vet would run about --

                                  Basic exam - lunge, visual, flexions, palpations, gait analysis, etc - $100
                                  X-rays - digital, average hocks/knees - $250 (Feet = most expensive)
                                  Ultrasounds - average - $200
                                  Drug test is around $50 I think. Could be wrong on this one.


                                  • #18
                                    $400 for basic exam, and hundreds more depending on what you xray.
                                    Man plans. God laughs.


                                    • #19
                                      The last time I did a full vetting with hock/front fetlock/foot x-rays it totalled a little over $1000 (maybe $1150?). That was a little less than a year ago.
                                      Flying F Sport Horses
                                      Horses in the NW


                                      • #20

                                        I vetted a horse last month and did EVERYTHING. Blood screen, flexions, and a FULL set of x-rays. My bill was $1850.