Should You Buy a Horse or Pony with Sarcoids?
may have just found your perfect horse or pony - but there is just one
problem the horse has sarcoids
- should you buy it?
Before you decide to buy a horse or pony that has one or more sarcoids,
which are now considered by many vets as a form of equine skin cancer,
there are several things that you should consider:
- Sarcoids in horses and ponies are unpredictable:
A single sarcoid could remain unchanged for the whole life of the horse
or pony. Alternatively the sarcoid may become aggressive, multiply and
spread to areas which will interfere with tack and rugs.
- If a sarcoid is growing in an area where the horse's saddle, bridle,
headcollar or rugs will rub and damage them, then it is probable that
this will cause problems and you will not be able to ride your new horse
- If veterinary treatment for sarcoids becomes necessary, it could be
expensive, may not be successful and you will still have to pay to keep
a horse that you cannot ride.
- Equine sarcoids can be very difficult to remove completely sucessfully
and often return even after surgery.
- Sarcoids are unsightly and if you want to show your horse this may
affect its chances in showing classes.
equine insurance companies will not cover paying for treatment for
sarcoids in horses that were present before the insurance policy cover
started and an exclusion clause may be included in your insurance policy.
SELLING A HORSE THAT HAS SARCOIDS
If in the future you decide to sell your horse you may not find it easy
to sell a horse that has sarcoids for all the reasons listed above.
Even if you are happy to take the risk of buying a horse with sarcoids
other prospective buyers might not.
If you can manage to find a buyer they may not be prepared to pay full
price for a horse with a sarcoid. Sarcoids can greatly reduce the value
of a horse.
Should you buy a horse or pony with sarcoids - sarcoids
can cause many problems make it unrideable and make a horse difficult to
sell. Advice about Reasons not to buy a horse or pony that has sarcoids.