Purchase Exams

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.

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Equine Prepurchase Exams

August 13, 2014

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

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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.

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Prepurchase Exams: A Health Care Must

June 29, 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Selecting a New Horse

January 01, 2012

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

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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

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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

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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

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AAEP 2010 Convention Complete Coverage

March 17, 2011

A wrap-up of the 2010 AAEP Convention, including in-depth coverage of nearly 100 presentations and sessions.... Read More

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Lameness: Joints

March 17, 2011

During the 2010 AAEP Convention, veterinarians discussed technologies and treatments for joints and lameness.... Read More

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The Prepurchase Exam

March 01, 2011

A prepurchase examination or "vet check" of a potential horse purchase can identify any physical problems. ... Read More

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KAEP: Radiograph Reports Not Marketing Tools

June 11, 2010

When shopping for horses at a sale, buyers sometimes ask consignors about the information contained in radiograph reports on the animals instead of hiring a veterinarian to look at the reports in the sale's repository. But according to the Kentucky ... Read More

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Retraining Racehorses

June 01, 2010

Racing is a physically demanding sport, and even with the best intentions many racehorses end up with an injury that forces them into retirement from the track. Many horses, with proper treatment and time, can be rehabilitated... Read More

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Lameness Presentations

March 08, 2010

Various topics related to lameness in horses were presented at the 2009 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Prepurchase Exams

March 08, 2010

A round of the history and pointers for successful prepurchase exams from the 2009 AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Prepurchase Exam of the Western Performance Horse, AAEP 2009

January 15, 2010

Tips on proper prepurchase examinations for horses in Western performance disciplines. The horse's physical condition, disposition/attitude, and soundness should be evaluated by your veterinarian before the sale. ... Read More

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Prepurchase Exams: History, Important Considerations

January 12, 2010

For more than 150 years veterinarians have been performing prepurchase exams, also referred to as vetting, purchase exams, and soundness exams. The definition of "sound" in England in 1842 implied "an absence of disease" as a qualification for ... Read More

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Horse Fraud Trial: Winning the Selleck Case

October 19, 2009

Trial lawyer George Knopfler faced a number of unique challenges beyond simply proving the facts of his case when he represented actor Tom Selleck and his family in a lawsuit alleging fraud in the sale of a show horse. He had to educate a jury... Read More

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Selling Your Horse To a Good Home

October 06, 2009

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Lawsuit Claims Racehorse 'I Want Revenge' Injury Not Disclosed

July 16, 2009

IEAH Stables has filed court documents claiming that David Lanzman failed to disclose injuries to I Want Revenge that eventually led to the 3-year-old colt being scratched on the morning of the Kentucky Derby, for which he was the morning-line... Read More

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AAEP Issues 'Best Practices' for Purchase Exam Radiographs

June 17, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Public Auction Task Force has developed recommendations regarding the use of radiographic reports as part of the prepurchase... Read More