A pre-purchase exam consists of two basic parts: a clinical exam and a moving evaluation.

The clinical evaluation begins with a comprehensive examination of the horse’s body systems which include respiratory, cardiovascular, ocular, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal. During the moving evaluation, the horse will be examined at a walk and trot in a straight line; then lunged at the walk, trot and canter in both directions. Forelimb and hind limb flexions are also included in the pre-purchase evaluations.

Under the direction of the veterinarian, the horse may be observed under saddle; therefore, we recommend bringing tack to the pre-purchase examination. This exam may take 2 hours.

We don't go into a pre-purchase exam expecting to need radiographs (unless specifically requested prior to the exam). We let the examination findings and clinical impression drive decisions for radiographs and ultrasounds.

Advanced Diagnostics: After the clinical examination, we may proceed to radiographs or more advanced diagnostics, such as ultrasound, if swelling, thickening, or sensitivity of the tendons or ligaments is palpated.

You can get individual radiographs plus a nominal archival fee for all images taken at one visit.

After the appointment, digital radiographs can be provided upon request via email for no charge, or via USB drive with postage charges at the buyer’s expense. If radiographs accompany the horse and are used instead of our radiographs. Contact office for all pricing.

The items below are OPTIONAL and may be performed at the pre-purchase examination upon request:

CBC/Chemistry Panel (Blood work): A complete blood count (CBC) is one of the most common blood tests performed to help diagnose various infections or other abnormal conditions of the body such as anemia or infection/inflammation. The chemistry panel provides information concerning muscle enzymes, kidney, liver and other organ function. Allow 1-3 days for results.

Drug Screen: Blood is sent to an outside lab. Results are often not available for at least 7-14 working days. We discourage storing serum as the freezing process degrades the sample. Prices vary depending on specific screens. Allow 7-10 days for results.

Digital Coggins Test: Strongly encouraged unless the seller can provide the buyer with a current copy dated within the past 12 months. Allow 3-5 days for certificate. Rush certificates available with 1-2 day turn around.

Endoscopy: Provides direct visual evaluation of the upper respiratory tract and helps diagnose conditions like “roarers,” laryngeal hemiplegia, epiglottic entrapment, dorsal displacement, chondritis, and lymphoid hyperplasia.

Insurance Exam: Email your insurance company's forms to our office before the exam. Some insurance exams require very specific examination protocols.

Health Certificate: If you plan to purchase the horse and will be transporting the horse across state lines, you will need a health certificate. Health certificates are valid for 30-days of interstate travel. Some states require an electronic certificate of veterinary inspection (EECVI) issued by a veterinarian through Global Vet Link that is valid for 6 months with destinations editable by the owner. Please let us know which type of certificate your destination state requires.

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