Buying a new horse? A pre-purchase examination provides a professional review of the horse's current physical status. The intended use of the horse, whether for show or pleasure, is kept in mind. The horse does not 'pass' or 'fail' a pre-purchase examination, but rather all findings are noted and thoroughly discussed with the potential buyer.
Radiographs, endoscopy, ultrasound, laboratory and drug testing can be performed, in addition to the examination, to provide a baseline for future comparison or to further delineate any suspected issues.