Should you buy?

Horse & Hound - - Vet Clinic -

“LAME­NESS fol­low­ing flex­ion does not nec­es­sar­ily mean that a horse is un­suit­able for pur­chase,” ex­plains Dr An­dre Buthe.

“The gen­eral ex­pec­ta­tion is that a young horse will be sound af­ter a flex­ion test, while an older horse may show more re­ac­tiv­ity — but this is not al­ways the case.

“An older com­pe­ti­tion horse show­ing re­ac­tiv­ity af­ter flex­ion may still be suitable, es­pe­cially if the vet per­form­ing the PPE is sat­is­fied with the rest of the orthopaedic eval­u­a­tion. If a horse has a con­sis­tent com­pe­ti­tion record and has proved his abil­ity to with­stand the cur­rent work­load with­out need­ing time off for in­jury, then it may be worth tak­ing this into con­sid­er­a­tion when mak­ing a de­ci­sion re­gard­ing pur­chase.

“In­stead of fo­cus­ing purely on the pos­i­tive flex­ion test, it is im­por­tant to find out if the ex­am­in­ing vet has any other con­cerns that may prej­u­dice the horse’s chances of per­form­ing the job re­quired. As a pur­chaser, it may be sen­si­ble to con­sider walk­ing away from a horse that has sev­eral other ma­jor find­ings. If the flex­ion test is the pri­mary prob­lem, how­ever, a thor­ough orthopaedic as­sess­ment may be worth­while and could help the de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

“Buy­ing a horse is al­ways a bal­ance of risks. If you do go ahead with the pur­chase, be aware that any find­ings from the PPE may re­sult in ex­clu­sions be­ing placed by your in­sur­ance com­pany. And you may well have the same prob­lem with flex­ion tests in fu­ture PPEs — although this is less likely to be an is­sue if the horse in ques­tion gains an out­stand­ing per­for­mance record by the time you come to sell.”

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