Before purchasing a horse, it is common for buyers to contact a veterinarian for advice on the animal prior to the sale. Wise buyers also will seek the expertise of a farrier during the evaluation. After all, farriers are the ultimate experts on the hooves and these days it is increasingly important for owners to understand the hoof health in relation to the rest of the horse.
At the 2013 International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, Frank Reilly, DVM, says involving the farrier, veterinarian, buyer and seller helps eliminate miscommunication and is an important part of pre-purchase exams.
Phil Hartley tells clients he’s always available to check the feet of new horses before they are purchased. The San Jose, Calif., farrier has done this free of charge since it makes his life easier later when dealing with conformational concerns.
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