Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Prepurchase Exam FAQs - Full Article

Story by Jessica Jahiel, PhD

When you invest in an equine partner, a prepurchase examination is vital. Here's what you need to know.

After months of searching, you've found the perfect horse to buy. You envision long days in the saddle, going on challenging trail rides. All you need to do is hitch up your horse trailer, head over to the prospect's current barn, seal the deal, and drive him home.

Wait! Before you take the plunge, invest in a prepurchase examination by a qualified equine veterinarian. Here, we'll tell you why you shouldn't skip this all-important step and answer frequently asked questions about the exam.

Q: Do I really need to schedule a prepurchase exam for my prospect?

A: Yes, you do. You want your new horse to be healthy and sound. A prepurchase exam is your one chance to acquire important information about a horse before he becomes your horse.

Prepurchase exams can be nail-biters, but postpurchase exams can be stomach-droppers. After an unsatisfactory prepurchase exam, all you have to do is say "No, thank you" and walk away. A postpurchase exam is another matter entirely, because all the bad news is about the horse you already own.

Q: Are all prepurchase exams the same?

A: No, they differ depending on the horse's projected use. A good prepurchase exam isn't generic. It can't be. Every horse is unique; every rider is unique. Discuss your plans, goals, and ambitions with your vet when you schedule the exam, so that it'll be designed for this horse and for your purposes...

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