A thorough veterinary examination, including a clinical exam and gait analysis forms the basis for the prepurchase examination, and depending on the results of the initial exam and the horse’s intended use additional tests such as radiography, ultrasonography, blood testing, endoscopy of the airways and a reproductive examination may also be performed. Good and open communication with the intended buyer is very important throughout this process to ensure the buyer understands the implications of all the findings, and is comfortable with which ancillary tests are recommended and performed.
To perform a thorough prepurchase examination it is important to use a consistent approach in a controlled environment. We strongly prefer to perform these important examinations at the clinic. At Agnes Banks we also offer a restricted prepurchase examination when circumstances preclude a thorough and comprehensive examination, for example when a horse has not been broken in. The limitations of the examination will be discussed at the time of the prepurchase examination.