When considering the purchase of a new horse, whether it be for the show ring, trail riding, or companionship, a thorough pre-purchase exam will provide you valuable information about the horse’s health, soundness, and temperament. Every pre-purchase appointment begins with a thorough physical exam, which will include an overall evaluation of body condition, a cardiovascular exam, respiratory exam, brief oral exam, dilated ophthalmic exam, and palpation over the neck, back, and legs. At this time the veterinarian will also hoof test the horse and perform a brief neurological exam. The soundness evaluation will follow which will assess the horse’s joints and soft tissue structures, through flexion tests and trotting in hand, lunging, or under saddle depending on the situation. Our veterinarians will discuss any concerns throughout the duration of the exam and answer any questions you may have, and a written report will be provided to the buyer.
A comprehensive pre-purchase exam in the U.S. is comprised of all the above as well as a full set of radiographs to include front feet, fetlocks, knees, hocks, stifles, neck and back. This is our preferred series to ensure that we have the most complete image bank both to guide purchase decisions and to have a comprehensive baseline.
- Digital radiography (Full Set or a la carte)
- Digital ultrasound
- Upper airway Endoscopy
- Drug Screening
- Endocrinology Screening tests