Purchase Exams

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Equine Prepurchase Exams

Horses don’t pass or fail prepurchase exams. Instead, the exam is intended to give you a snapshot of the horse’s overall health and provide information so you can make a sound buying decision about whether the horse is suitable for your needs.

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Selecting a New Horse

Important factors to consider when buying a horse include use, conformation, temperament, health, and history.

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The Prepurchase Exam

A prepurchase examination or “vet check” of a potential horse purchase can identify any physical problems.

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Prepurchase Exams

For more than 150 years veterinarians have been performing prepurchase exams, also referred to as vetting, purchase exams, and soundness exams. Two veterinarians discussed purchase exams in general and specifically for Western performance horses at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention.

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How Important Is That Airway Exam Grade?

The airways of many breeds of horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, are evaluated via an endoscope and graded before sale. The intent is to identify horses whose airways might have problems that could limit the horses’ performance at maximal

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Buying a Horse: Tips for First-Time Owners

It might be just one horsepower, but before riding off into the sunset on that new horse you’ve just purchased, make sure you know what you are getting.

Michael Martin, DVM, equine field service clinician at Texas A&M University’s

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Preparing to Buy a Horse

The decision to buy a horse is a big one, and like all major decisions, it should be made with a great deal of thought, consideration, and planning.

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