This hands-on evaluation of the horse is the cornerstone of the practice. Starting in the horse’s stall a thorough exam is performed of various structures depending on the presenting complaint. The horse is then taken out for the moving part of the exam. Each horse is worked lunged on soft and hard surfaces. There is also an outdoor arena, so if your horse’s lameness is better viewed under saddle then bring your tack. Flexion tests are then performed. Once the soundness evaluation is completed a plan for further diagnostics or treatment is developed with owner/ trainer involvement.
Pre - Purchase Examinations
This exam starts with an in-stall evaluation of the entire horse. The heart, lungs, eyes, gastrointestinal tract, musculoskeletal system and overall body condition are evaluated. The moving exam is next; here the horse is watched on soft and hard footing, if available, a ridden exam is also performed. Flexion tests are then performed to evaluate each limb region separately. Radiographs are commonly done. We have suggested radiographs for a PPE or we can develop a set of radiographs based on the potential buyer specific concerns. Blood work is also commonly done, most commonly a Coggins test. Other options include a general chemistry and CBC to evaluate organ function and blood cell values, a complete drug screen can also be done.