The veterinary pre-purchase exam is a comprehensive veterinary evaluation of a horse prior to purchase. It is performed by a veterinarian on behalf of the prospective buyer, not on behalf of the seller.
It is a mistake to buy even an inexpensive horse without having a pre-purchase examination conducted by a veterinarian. The purchase price is a small part of the overall expense of owning a horse.
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A veterinarian can provide a detailed look at a horse's overall health and soundness and drastically reduce the risk of a buyer purchasing a horse with a health problem. For that reason, a PPE is recommended every time a horse is purchased.
There is no way to accurately predict a horse's future soundness, or the course that a condition will take.
Radiographic changes can be condemning to the purchase but do not always correlate to lameness.
There is no such thing as a perfect horse. Almost every horse has some issues that will be discovered on the exam.
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