The pre-purchase examination provides the prospective buyer with pertinent information regarding the health and soundness of the horse in question. Surgi-Care routinely performs pre-purchase examinations on horses for the prospective buyer which usually include a detailed physical exam of the horse, assessing all the body systems, including heart and lungs, the eyes, and the musculoskeletal system. After the physical exam has been done, the horse is evaluated for soundness. This portion of the pre-purchase exam involves watching the horse in hand with flexion tests, on the lunge line and, in some cases, under saddle. The prospective buyer is provided with a complete, typed report of the clinical findings and assessment as well as a CD of all images taken.
Additional evaluation can be done with standard radiographic views at the owner's request, or as directed by the veterinarian examining the horse. In some cases, ultrasound and upper airway endoscopy can also be performed to complete the evaluation. Routine blood work, (CBC and chemistry) and drug screening can also be done at the prospective purchaser's request. Surgi-Care also offers a more detailed examination of the horse's eyes by our boarded ophthalmologist with certification at a minimal additional cost.
While we can not "pass" or "fail" a horse, Surgi-Care offers a most through and detailed assessment of the horse from which the prospective buyer can make an informed decision.
If you would like to schedule a pre-purchase exam, please call us at (813) 643-7177. Please download and complete our pre-purchase form (pdf) prior to your visit.