Purchase Exams


Choosing an Ex-Racehorse

November 11, 2015

Before you take the plunge, learn what to be wary of as well as what to expect when choosing an ex-racehorse.... Read More


Hoof Radiographs: More Than Meets the Eye

August 12, 2015

Something on the X rays looks a bit off--is it significant or of no consequence? It depends on what you find.... Read More


The Conformationally Challenged Athlete

July 20, 2015

No horse is perfect, and many with conformational flaws go on to compete successfully. What can you live with and how?... Read More


Sizing Up Off-Track Thoroughbreds for Other Disciplines

May 07, 2015

If you're an off-track Thoroughbred owner, what characteristics did you look for in your prospect?... Read More


When on Trial, Put it in Writing

January 16, 2015

Before you send a horse out on trial or lease, be sure to put all the details of its care in writing.... Read More


Prepurchase Exams Can Reveal Cardiac Problems

December 31, 2014

Learn about the cardiac abnormality one veterinarian identified during a prepurchase exam and if it was a deal breaker.... Read More


Life Is Short: Just Get the Horse

December 24, 2014

After 10 horseless years, The Horse's editor-in-chief is back in the saddle on her own gelding. ... Read More


When Might a Veterinarian Watch a Horse Under Saddle?

December 11, 2014

Find out how watching a horse move under saddle can help a veterinarian during a soundness or prepurchase exam.... Read More


The Buyer's Guide to Prepurchase Exams

December 01, 2014

He might seem perfect--but before you call him yours, determine if a horse is sound and serviceable for the job at hand.... Read More


Hiring a Horse Broker? Get a Contract

November 19, 2014

A good contract describes what is required of involved parties and what happens if they don't fulfill their obligations.... Read More


Poll Recap: Horse Sale Selections

November 11, 2014

Of the 738 respondents, 440 (60%) said they prefer to sell horses using online or print classifieds and flyers.... Read More


Poll Recap: Horse Prices

October 07, 2014

Of the 1,858 respondents, 823 people (44%) said they paid $1,001-$5,000 for the last horse they purchased.... Read More


Drug Testing in Equine Prepurchase Evaluations

September 19, 2014

Drug screening can offer additional information pertaining to the horse's ability to fit a buyer's needs. ... Read More

The prepurchase veterinarian works for and is paid by the buyer and should be impartial and have no financial stake in the sale. The buyer owns the rights to the obtained information, including radiographic images (X rays) and test results.


Equine Prepurchase Exams

August 13, 2014

A prepurchase exam helps you evaluate a horse's health and soundness before buying.... Read More


How Much is a Horse Worth?

July 08, 2014

If you're in the business of buying and selling horses, how do you settle on a fair price?... Read More

All horses, regardless of intended use, should receive a thorough veterinary prepurchase exam.


Prepurchase Exams: A Health Care Must

June 29, 2014

Investing in an equine prepurchase exam can save horse owners heartache and money.... Read More


Cryptorchid Confusion

April 28, 2014

A horse I'm interested in buying is a cryptorchid. I really like the horse--should I not consider buying him?... Read More


Prepurchase Examinations: Don't Forget the Eyes

February 06, 2014

But before you sign the papers for your new horse, have your veterinarian look the horse in the eye.... Read More


Lessons in Prepurchase Exams

February 27, 2013

I learned a valuable lesson: When buying a horse, always have a veterinarian perform a prepurchase exam.... Read More


Veterinary Care for the Sport Horse

November 15, 2012

The goal for sport horses, from prepurchase exams through their careers, is to extend the time to retirement.... Read More


Eye Evaluation in Equine Prepurchase Exams

October 21, 2012

While not all eye anomalies are detrimental to vision, others can cause sale talks to cease.... Read More


Selecting a New Horse

January 01, 2012

Important factors to consider when buying a horse include use, conformation, temperament, health, and history.... Read More


Prepurchase Examination Table Topic (AAEP 2011)

December 28, 2011

The main topic discussed was the importance of open communication between the veterinarian and the purchaser.... Read More


Updated BEVA Prepurchase Exam Guidelines in Effect

November 14, 2011

The revised PPE certificate and new guidelines describe how the five-step exam should be carried out.... Read More


Considerations to Make Before Purchasing a New Horse

October 29, 2011

Before welcoming a new horse home, it is important to investigate the quality and health of that animal.... Read More