Be it performance, breeding, beginner, school, trail or back yard companion horse, The Massachusetts Equine Clinic has experience with all and will tailor the exam to your needs. Deciding exactly what is needed during a pre-purchase depends on the history, intended use, breed. etc., and requires good communication between the purchaser and the veterinarian.
Here are some of the important things to evaluate during a pre-purchase:
Thorough physical exam with includes and not limited to: oral exam, respiratory exam, cardiovascular exam, palpation of back and feet, body condition, etc.
Hoof testers/foot exam
Lameness exam at walk, trot and canter on the straight and lunge, with and without tack.
Flexion tests of all 4 limbs
Diagnostics can aid in the evaluation of the horses internal health status. The following is a list of common diagnostics you may want to consider speaking with our veterinarians about: