When buying a horse, our hearts often overwhelms us. However, we must remember that owning a horse is a big investment in time, money, and emotion. Unfortunately, horses seldom come with a money-back guarantee. That is why it is so important to investigate all aspects of the horse’s health and condition before buying a horse to make sure the animal is a wise investment.
Let your veterinarian know of your intended use of the horse such as: family pet, pleasure horse, broodmare, or high performance athlete. Purchase examinations may vary, but they usually include a comprehensive physical exam that includes a battery of lameness tests. Deciding exactly what should be included in the purchase examination requires good communication between you and your veterinarian.
The Basic Exam
- Medical history
- Visual exam
- Evaluation of your horse in motion
- Hands-on examination
- Application of hoof testers
- A joint flexion test
- Drug tests
You should be present for the exam, understand the costs for the examination, and be prepared to ask questions. Your veterinarian should discuss any and all findings in private. Don’t be afraid to request further information.
CEVS’s responsibility is to provide you with information regarding any existing medical conditions and to discuss the problems with you so that you can make an informed purchase decision. No horse is perfect in every respect. Some medical conditions and faults are manageable or may never seriously affect the horse’s performance. Asking question and knowing the problems can help you understand if purchasing the horse is practical for your needs and budget.