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Pre-Purchase Examinations &
Pre-Purchase Consultations/Screenings

Pre-Purchase Examinations


Pre-Purchase exams assist you and your trainer with assessing whether a horse is fit for the intended use at the time of purchase.   

The Pre-Purchase exam consists of five stages:

 Stage 1 is a standing evaluation of the entire horse, including the heart, lungs, eyes, gastrointestinal tract, musculoskeletal system, and overall body condition.

Stage 2 is a moving exam where the horse is observed on soft and hard footing, and if possible, under saddle.

Stage 3 is a series of flexion tests to evaluate each limb region.

Stage 4 is a standard set of x-rays. Additional x-rays can be taken if a buyer has specific concerns.


Stage 5 consists of blood work — including Coggins, additional chemistry work, and a Complete Blood Count (CBC) to evaluate organ function and blood cell values. A complete drug screen may be done at the owner's request.

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Pre-Purchase Consultations/Screenings


Pre-Purchase screenings are virtual and designed telemedicine style to assist you and your trainer with assessing whether a horse will be a good fit for your intended use before you schedule a Pre-purchase exam. This tool is particularly useful in cases where horses are being shipped from overseas and our clients are unable to meet the horse prior to purchase.

During a pre-purchase screening, our veterinarians review all available videos of the horse moving and conduct a thorough gait analysis from these videos, including videos of flexions if available. Please contact our veterinarians for recommended videos. Our veterinarians also review any existing radiographs or previous medical records that have been released to see if there are issues, past or present that could lead to problems with soundness down the road. From their complete review, our veterinarians will write a full report and advise you on whether additional diagnostic images need to be taken or if additional tests need to be performed.



For more information about these services or to schedule a pre-purchase examination or consultation/screening, please contact our office by phone at: (970) 368-3125 or by email at:



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