The extent of the examination will vary depending on the horse’s age, desired use and current state of fitness. A ridden examination is not always part of this examination process, however discussion prior to the inspection and suitable riding facilities are necessary to facilitate this assessment.
It is important to note that a pre-purchase examination is not a guarantee of future soundness and horses are NOT passed or failed based on this assessment. This examination is designed to ensure that the horse presented is suitable and can perform at the level intended after purchase.
Ancillary testing may be advised or requested as part of the examination and additional charges will be incurred. These can be discussed at the time of the examination based on the information at hand on the day. Sedation may be required to facilitate further investigation and consent from the current owner must be obtained prior to examination.
Additional areas of assessment include:
It is important to note that pre-purchase examinations are conducted on behalf of the buyer and the information and its findings are confidential between the buyer and the veterinarian. Information will not be shared with the seller/current owner unless authorised by the buyer.