Pre-purchase Exam


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A pre-purchase examination is highly recommended for any prospective horse owner.  This exam thoroughly evaluates the horse's overall health and soundness.  Blood can be drawn and the serum stored for 6 months for retrospective drug testing.  It is recommended that the examination be performed in an area with relatively hard, flat ground for the most accurate evaluation of soundness.

A pre-purchase exam does not guarantee the future soundness of the horse, but does serve to give you a complete and accurate picture of the horse's health on that day.  A horse does not "pass" or "fail" the exam, rather the information gathered from the exam allows you to make a more informed decision on your investment.

All of the following systems are evaluated during the physical examination:

  • Cardiovascular
  • Ophthalmic
  • Respiratory
  • Neurologic
  • Musculoskeletal

The soundness exam includes:

  • Evaluation with hoof testers
  • Palpation of the musculature, flexor tendons, and suspensory ligament
  • Palpation of the joints of all four limbs
  • Evaluation of hoof conformation
  • Evaluation of general conformation
  • Evaluation of soundness at the trot
  • Flexion testing of the joints of all four limbs

The following services can be optional additions to the pre-purchase examination:

  • Evaluation of soundness with tack and rider
  • Radiographs
  • Ultrasonography
  • Endoscopy
  • Routine Drug Testing
  • Scanning for a Microchip
  • CBC and Serum Chemistry
  • Reproductive Exam
  • Semen Evaluation