horse jumping fence
Don’t Skip The

Pre-Purchase Exam

Purchasing a horse is a big investment - in time, money and emotion. This is why we recommend having the horse's current condition and soundness assessed. Rather than a pass-fail type exam, the purpose of the pre-purchase exam is to help a buyer make a more informed decision. Exams can be as extensive as the potential buyer desires, however, the basis of a pre-purchase is a thorough, complete physical examination, as well as a lameness examination. Additional diagnostics include radiographs and ultrasound. It's ideal for the purchaser or trainer to be present. If they are unable to be present, the purchaser should be available by phone so any abnormal findings can be discussed immediately. Whether you are buying a horse to hit the trails or the show ring, we highly recommend a pre-purchase exam.

Schedule a

Pre-Purchase Exam

If you're in the market for a new horse, contact us today to schedule an equine pre-purchase exam. We'll evaluate your horse's health and athletic soundness so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not to purchase them. Horses are a big investment, so it's important to make sure you're getting the right one! Get in touch with us at Countryside today to get started.

Dr. Dan Carter flexing an equine patient.
Horse barrel racing
Why Consider

a Pre-Purchase Exam

Expose health concerns, pre-existing conditions and potential management issues.
Have these issues and concerns fully explained so you can better determine if a horse is suitable for your needs.
Countryside Vet Tech listening to a horses heart
What Issues Might

An Examiner Come Across?

If you're having a horse assessed before purchase, there are a few issues that the examiner might come across. Here are just a few examples to be aware of:

1
Lameness: This includes issues with the horse's joints, including ligament and tendon tears, fractures, and inflammation. Untreated, certain lameness problems can lead to chronic conditions such as arthritis.
2
Infections: Horses can be susceptible to a number of infections, so it's important to rule out any potential health risks before purchase.
3
Cardiovascular: We listen to the heart on both sides of the horse for any subtle murmurs or arrhythmias to rule out cardiac problems.
4
Nutrition: Horses require a specific diet in order to stay healthy, and an examiner can help you make sure that the horse you're considering purchasing is on the right track nutritionally.
Choose Countryside for

Your Equine Exam Needs

If you're in the market for a new horse, it's important to have them checked out by a veterinarian first. At Countryside Veterinary Services in Covington, we offer comprehensive pre-purchase exams to fully assess a horse's condition and soundness before purchasing.
Contact us today to schedule an equine pre-purchase exam — we'll be happy to help you get started on the process of finding your new horse.

From the Blog

News & Articles

As many of our clients know, we love sharing our knowledge and important animal health news. Our blog contains valuable educational resources in one easy location.

Jan 6

All About Hoof Health

The foundation of a horse’s health is a strong, healthy hoof. Read on for insightful tips and proactive planning to ensure your horse has happy feet all year round.
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Jun 8

Common Health Problems in Horses

Arthritis afflicts horses as they age similarly to humans. Colic is a severe horse condition that can strike at any time. Laminitis is a condition that strikes a horse's...
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Jun 6

Arthroscopy: Revolutionizing Equine Joint Conditions

This advanced non-invasive technique allows the surgeon to navigate and evaluate a horse's joint and its cartilage to find any irritation, bone chips or areas needing to be cleaned.
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May 1

Caring For Your Horse As The Weather Warms

As the weather changes, temperatures and humidity rise, and insects become more active, you’ll want to take extra precautions...
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Jan 24

Joint Management in Horses

Horses are high performance athletes. Their movement provides the ultimate combination of strength and coordination. But, what really helps a horse achieve...
More
Jun 10

4 Specialty Equine Vet Services You Didn't Know We Offered

Come On In To Learn & Understand. Today, let’s explore some of the equine services we offer to help your gentle giant live their best life possible.
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Apr 19

Chasing the Ulcer Diagnosis - Why It's Worth It

Some horses with ulcers are easy to spot - they lose their appetites or experience chronic colic. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize a horse suffering from...
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Feb 2

Countryside Dental Month Recap

February is National Dental Month, and we as a clinic have strived to use this time for education. Along with performing dental exams, we have also released...
More
Dec 18

West Nile Virus

The West Nile Virus (WNV) is a viral disease that can result in fever and neurologic disease. WNV circulates in nature between birds and mosquitoes.
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6 Jan

All About Hoof Health

The foundation of a horse’s health is a strong, healthy hoof. Read on for insightful tips and proactive planning to ensure your horse has happy feet all year round.
More
8 Jun

Common Health Problems in Horses

Arthritis afflicts horses as they age similarly to humans. Colic is a severe horse condition that can strike at any time. Laminitis is a condition that strikes a horse's...
More
6 Jun

Arthroscopy: Revolutionizing Equine Joint Conditions

This advanced non-invasive technique allows the surgeon to navigate and evaluate a horse's joint and its cartilage to find any irritation, bone chips or areas needing to be cleaned.
More
1 May

Caring For Your Horse As The Weather Warms

As the weather changes, temperatures and humidity rise, and insects become more active, you’ll want to take extra precautions...
More
24 Jan

Joint Management in Horses

Horses are high performance athletes. Their movement provides the ultimate combination of strength and coordination. But, what really helps a horse achieve...
More
10 Jun

4 Specialty Equine Vet Services You Didn't Know We Offered

Come On In To Learn & Understand. Today, let’s explore some of the equine services we offer to help your gentle giant live their best life possible.
More
19 Apr

Chasing the Ulcer Diagnosis - Why It's Worth It

Some horses with ulcers are easy to spot - they lose their appetites or experience chronic colic. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize a horse suffering from...
More
19 Jan

Countryside Dental Month Recap

February is National Dental Month, and we as a clinic have strived to use this time for education. Along with performing dental exams, we have also released...
More