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Heartland Equine Health Center highly recommends a Pre-Purchase Exam for any prospective buyer. The purchase of a horse can be a huge financial and emotional investment. HEHC veterinarians perform a thorough examination to help identify any pre-existing conditions that may limit the intended use of the horse. After a complete head to tail physical exam they will provide a written report of findings and can include copies of any test results.

Physical exam:

  • Ophthalmic Exam
  • Respiratory Exam
  • Neurological Exam
  • Brief Dental Exam
  • Palpation of the limbs and back
  • Cardiovascular exam
  • Hoof evaluation and sensitivity to hoof testers

Soundness Evaluation:

  • Palpation of the musculature, tendons and ligaments
  • Palpation of the joints
  • Palpation of the neck and back
  • General body conformation
  • Evaluation of the gaits in-hand, on the longe and/or under saddle
  • Flexion tests of all four limbs

Optional Tests:

  • Digital radiographs
  • Digital ultrasound
  • Blood work
  • Drug testing
  • Fecal egg count
  • Lameness Locator evaluation
  • Upper Airway Endoscopy

At the time of the examination, our veterinarians will discuss the findings and any concerns they have about the horse’s ability to perform at the level or job that you are purchasing it for.