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Owning a horse can be a big investment in time, money and emotion. That’s why it is so important to investigate the horse’s overall health and condition through a purchase exam conducted by an equine veterinarian. Whether you want a horse as a family pet, a pleasure mount, a breeding animal, or a high performance athlete you stand the best chance of getting one that meets your needs by investing in a purchase exam.
Purchase examinations may vary, depending on the intended use of the horse and the veterinarian who is doing the examination. Deciding exactly what should be included in the purchase examination requires good communication between you and your veterinarian.
Lastly remember our job is neither to pass or fail an animal. Rather, it is to provide you with information regarding any existing medical problems and to discuss those problems with you so that you can make an informed purchase decision. Your veterinarian can advise you about the horse’s current physical condition, but he or she cannot predict the future. The decision to buy is yours alone to make. Our goal is to be a valuable partner in the process of providing you with objective, health-related information. All findings are prepared in a written report for you to keep in your horses record and refer to at a future time.
Link to prepurchase questionaire
The Value of a Prepurchase exam by Jenny Bate DVM
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