Purchasing a horse means embarking on an exciting adventure. It is a big step along a path of realizing equestrian dreams and goals, no matter how small or large these might be. A new horse becomes part of your family and a distinctive part of your lifestyle. The horse represents not just a financial investment; he becomes an emotional attachment and time commitment as well. A purchase exam, also referred to as a PE, can be an asset in the process of buying a horse.

But, what does a purchase exam do for you?

When stacked up against on-going, daily bills of board, feed, shoeing, veterinary care, training, and tack and equipment purchases, the purchase price of a horse (and the PE) often pales. The investment in time, emotion, and dollars is most likely to be satisfying when you assume ownership armed with knowledge.

A PE accomplishes multiple things. It provides you with a wealth of information about the current state of the horse you are interested in purchasing so you can make an informed decision on whether to go forward with the sale. The veterinarian, as the objective party in the transaction, collects data and presents the significance of this information in the context of your equine needs. The complete exam provided by a PE also gives you a baseline reference about issues that might exist at the time of purchase, and provides you with information for future comparison should a problem or question develop.

No matter the cost, the horse you are looking to own is an investment in your future enjoyment. Even if you are considering buying a non-performance horse (or if a horse is being given to you at no expense), a PE can alert you to problems that might cost you considerable money and management hassles down the road. Your veterinarian can help you understand what liabilities the horse could have at the time of purchase, and how these liabilities might affect your future use and enjoyment.

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