What is a Pre-Purchase Exam?
The pre-purchase evaluation enables us to gather and interpret the information necessary to assist you in selecting the horse best suited to your needs.
For us to fairly evaluate the horse, it must be fit, conditioned, and in training for its intended use. A horse that has been stalled for an extended period will be difficult to evaluate for lameness.
At Pacific Crest Equine, we want to help make sure your next horse will meet the demands of your training program.
Why should you consider a pre-purchase exam?
Pre-purchase examinations are often requested by a potential horse buyer.
The objective is to reduce the buyer’s risks when purchasing a new horse and determine the general health and athletic soundness of the horse for sale.
The examination is not intended to guarantee that the horse is sound, but rather an attempt by the examining veterinarian to identify any preexisting or potential problems that may affect future soundness (e.g., degenerative joint disease).
If you are considering purchasing a horse, contact us. We will coordinate with you and the seller to book a pre-purchase examination.
Pre-Purchase Exam Steps
Pre-Purchase exams assist you and your trainer with assessing whether a horse is fit for its intended use at the time of purchase, and consist of five steps:
- A standing evaluation of the entire horse, including the heart, lungs, eyes, gastrointestinal tract, musculoskeletal system, and overall body condition.
- A moving exam where the horse is observed on soft and hard footing, and if possible, under saddle.
- A series of flexion tests to evaluate each limb region.
- A standard set of X-rays. Additional X-rays can be taken if a buyer has specific concerns.
- Blood work — including Coggins tests, additional chemistry tests, and a Complete Blood Count (CBC) to assess organ function and blood cell counts. At the owner's request, a full drug screen may be performed.