Equine Veterinarians Australia have a standardized guide available for pre-purchase examination of horses. The examination is divided into 5 parts and will usually take 1 to 2 hours to perform and document. The examination includes
- A brief history of the horse (to be provided by the seller).
- Identification of the horse by markings, brands and microchip.
- A physical examination of the horse (eyes, teeth, heart and lung auscultation, skin examination, basic conformation).
- Lameness examination both led in hand and when lunged or ridden, including basic flexion tests.
- Examination in the period after exercise.
Other tests that may be performed include
- Ultrasound examination of tendons and ligament
- Upper respiratory tract endoscope
- Reproductive ultrasound and tests
- Blood tests
- Drug detection tests (urine or blood)
These tests may be requested by the purchaser at the time of initial consultation with the veterinarian or may be discussed at the time of examination if a point of concern such as a swollen joint or tendon is noted. . It should be noted that the report and information is provided to the purchaser and unless permission is given by the purchaser the veterinarian may not discuss the findings with the seller of the horse.
If you are intending to purchase a horse on the Central Coast, please contact us to book in the exam or for further information. We are happy to answer any questions you may have prior to the examination.