Just heard another story about a person buying an extremely lame horse. Yup. Just a brief vet exam (eyes, heart, lungs), no flexions, no blood test, no xrays. Now they have horse they can't even give away, they can't ride. They can hardly afford the treatment for laminitis! They wanted a 'cheap horse'! And now they have no recourse. The seller gave them the opportunity to get the horse examined by a vet, but they wanted to go on the cheap. And since they didn't really check over the bill of sale (it says, 'AS IS'), they have no recourse. As is usually the case, the seller won't take the horse back or give back any of their money. AND the law is on the seller's side. AND...another account I just heard, person took the horse home and switched it over to their feed, and the horse got a very severe case of laminitis at the buyer's barn!!! In this case, from a very low quality hay to an alfafa hay and lots of wonderful supplements and bagged concentrates AND a nice, lush pasture that didn't have 20 horses on 1 acre! PLEASE folks - consider a blood test, on the day you try the horse, so there's not enough time for the drug to disappear before the blood test is done. I am wondering if in a lot of states, a vet tech couldn't draw the blood - that might make it cheaper. And PLEASE folks, when you buy your new horse - purchase a week of hay and grain from the seller, and gradually switch your new horse from his old diet to his new diet. Pastures, hay, even feeds, can vary radically from one place to another. AND this is a time of year when many horses can get laminitis very easily as grass is suddenly growing. And going from a bare dirt pasture that's overgrazed, to a nice lush field, that can cause laminitis. One gal purchased her own oats instead of buying from the seller - the seller must have fed very cheap oats in the hull. She fed top quality rolled oats and the horse got laminitis. Yup. Be careful of feed changes with your new horse.