What you see. The starting point for addressing any equine health related issue is your observation.


Considering Horse For Purchase


You have found a horse that you are interested in purchasing. He seems suitable for your intended use. You have ridden the horse and enjoy him. You feel good about the seller and the horse's history. You may have questions about the horse's general health or history that you want answers for. You may want confidence that the horse is healthy before you pay for him.

Your vet's role is to provide a detailed purchase exam on the horse and to answer your questions to the best of their ability.
  • Code Yellow

    Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment
    • If you are considering purchase, be sure to have a purchase exam performed.

your role


What To Do

What Not To Do

Do not assume that since you are not paying much for a horse, that you should not have a purchase exam performed.

More expensive than purchase can be the costs of keeping a horse. Regardless, it is a big investment in time, emotion and money.

your vet's role

Questions Your Vet Might Ask:
  • What is the horse's age, sex, breed and history?
  • Do you know and trust the seller?
  • What is your experience level?
  • Does the horse have a history of any illness or condition?
  • Have you ridden the horse and asked the horse to perform its intended use?

further reading & resources

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP