Pre-Purchase Exams

Don't skip the pre-purchase exam

Pre-Purchase Exams

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.

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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.
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What does a pre-purchase exam include?

  • Detailed health exam – eyes, heart, lungs, gut sounds and teeth
  • A muscular/skeleton evaluation of swellings and old scars
  • Checking for pain areas, digital manipulation and hoof testers
  • Flexions and lunging
  • Testing for neurological soundness
  • Draw and hold blood for potential drug screening (Countryside stores for 30 days).

Additional recommended checks include:

  • Radiographs
  • Ultrasound