PRE PURCHASE EXAMINATIONS
There is risk associated with the purchase of any horse. In order to manage that risk, we advise prospective purchasers to employ an experienced equine veterinarian to undertake a pre-purchase examination. A pre-purchase examination is not an examination for soundness and the aim is not to pass or fail a horse.
Instead the aim of conducting a pre-purchase examination should be to identify, assess and attempt to quantify the risks associated with purchasing the horse for its intended purpose. It is very important that the horse is currently fit and in athletic training because, for example, it is very difficult to assess the suitability of a horse for any purpose if it has been spelling in a paddock for three months.
In order to adequately assess the horse, the minimum examination undertaken by our practice is the five stage examination. This is an extensive clinical examination that often takes between one and two hours.
FURTHER NOTES FOR PRE PURCHASE EXAMINATIONS
The final decision to buy the horse rests with you, the purchaser. If there is any aspect of the pre-purchase examination findings that you don’t understand, please feel free to ask us as many questions as you please, before making your final decision.
If the horse is owned by one of our clients, as a general rule, we will not undertake a pre-purchase examination.
All information obtained during the pre-purchase examination is owned by the purchaser who has paid for the pre-purchase examination. We will not discuss the details of our findings with the vendor without the permission of the purchaser. Nor will we discuss the details of our findings with any other prospective purchasers unless they retain us as the veterinarian to undertake an examination on their behalf.
Before undertaking a pre-purchase examination we suggest that all prospective purchasers give consideration to the following;
- Retain a professional trainer to ride the horse and give advice as to the suitability of the horse for its intended purpose.
- In respect to show animals, sight an original and current measuring certificate.
- Sight original registration papers and determine that the vendor is the listed on the registration papers as the last owner.
- Obtain a written and signed medical history from the vendor.