Pre-Purchase Examination for Horses

At our hospital, pre-purchase examinations for horses are regularly performed. The scope of the pre-purchase examination is determined by the client, usually the buyer or vendor of the horse. Next to the general clinical examination (teeth, eyes, cardiovascular parameters, gait), X-rays can be obtained or other diagnostic measures can be taken in case of suspected illness. The results of the pre-purchase examination are recorded in a formal report. Our recommendation is to obtain twelve X-rays next to the clinical examination. Upon the clients’ request, further X-rays (e.g. of the horse’s back) can be taken. In addition, a blood sample can be collected in order to detect whether the horse has been given painkillers or tranquilizers. We are happy to offer you advice on extent and significance of pre-purchase examinations in advance.