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Pre-purchase Examination

The purpose of a pre-purchase examination is to educate the buyer. A through exam, including a lameness exam, is performed in order to detect possible problems with the horse.

The horse will be evaluated based on conformation, followed by a detailed physical exam. This will include a brief screening ophthalmic examination. Next a lameness exam is performed with each joint undergoing flexion tests.

If potential problems become evident, further diagnostics may be recommended. This often includes radiographs. Not only are the radiographs indicative of the nature of the area in question, they can also serve as a reference point in the future.

Pre-purchase exams can be performed at the clinic or on farm. They can be as brief or as detailed as desired.