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The Pre-Purchase Exam

Smart purchasers wouldn’t think of investing in a house without first getting a home inspection or buying a car without soliciting a second opinion from someone who knows the difference between a crankshaft and a gasket. Why then, would anyone consider buying a horse without getting an expert to “check under the hood,” so to speak? A veterinarian can take care of this through an objective pre-purchase examination. However, many prospective owners balk at getting such a workup done, especially if they’ve fallen for what they believe is their “perfect” horse and don’t want anything obstructing their excitement, hopes and dreams. Plus, it can be disconcerting to lay down money on something that isn’t even yours yet. The pre-purchase exam should be part of the buying process no matter whether you’re buying the horse as a pet, a pleasure mount, a high-performance athlete or for breeding. It’s even a recommended…

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