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Equine Pre-purchase Examinations

Equine Pre-purchase Examinations

When buying a horse, purchasers often ask for an “Equine pre-purchase examination”. This is designed to identify pre-existing problems, which may influence a horse’s future performance. Abnormalities may be detected, recorded and explained, for the benefit of both the seller and buyer.

The examination involves accurate identification of the horse and a thorough physical examination, and may include additional diagnostic tests such as radiography, ultrasonography, endoscopy or ECG assessment.