Please note: this is not a pass or fail examination. Our goal is to provide you with information to help you to make an informed and comfortable decision on whether or
not to proceed with the purchase of the horse in question. Please select the services below you would like performed for the pre-purchase exam of this horse. If you have
questions about any of the tests listed below please call our office.
We encourage you to speak with one of our veterinarian prior to the exam to discuss
any specific concerns you may have. It is ideal for the buyer to be present for the exam
Pre-purchase Clinical and Moving Examination:
The clinical examination begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the horse's respiratory, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal systems. A through
palpation examination of all the limbs, neck and back is also performed. During the moving evaluation, the horse will be examined at a walk and trot, and lunged and/or
observed under saddle at the walk, trot and canter in both directions. In addition, flexion tests of the forelimbs and hind limbs will be evaluated. Please ensure that there
is an appropriate and safe area to trot and canter the horse. Please arrange for a competent rider and tack to be available for the exam.
Digital Radiographic (X-Ray) Examination:
Following the moving examination, the horse will proceed to radiographs. It is standard in our X-Ray examination, to remove the horse's front shoes in order to obtain the best
quality radiographs of the front feet. Specific radiographs to be taken will be discussed between buyer and veterinarian performing the exam prior to taking X-Rays. More
advanced diagnostics such as ultrasound may be indicated if swelling, thickening, or sensitivity of the tendons or ligaments is palpated.
A CBC/Chemistry panel provides critical information to asses subclinical infection, muscle enzymes, kidney, liver, and other organ functions. (Please allow 2 working days
for results). In addition, we can perform testing for endocrine conditions, or diseases we see in our location including lyme disease or vitamin E/Selenium deficiency. (Please
allow 7 business days for endocrine and deficiency testing).