Sunshine Coast Equine Veterinary Clinic
"It is hard enough to find a sound horse without buying one with unknown problems."
5 Stage Examination
A prepurchase examination is an internationally recognised 5 stage examination that includes a comprehensive health check, detailed examination of the hooves and limbs including flexion tests, examination at exercise and when the horse cools off.
Depending on the intended purpose the horse is being purchased for, and the value of the horse, other diagnostics may be added to the examination including x-rays, endoscopy of the upper airway, ultrasound of the tendons or other tests as determined necessary.
This examination often picks up early-stage or potential problems thereby avoiding unforeseen expenses in the future, not to mention the disappointment of having a horse that is unsuitable for its intended purpose due to ongoing unsoundness.