Horses and People

Getting the Best From Pre-purchase Exams

Australian Veterinary Equine Dentistry

Hindsight is a wonderful thing and buying horses is a risky business. While there is no such thing as a perfect horse, a pre-purchase exam (PPE) can answer many questions about the likely significance of an abnormality and likely long-term prognosis to protect you, the purchaser, from buying a problem that may be expensive, risky or even impossible to fix or treat.

So, what does a PPE exam entail? Dr Olivia James from Australian Veterinary Equine Dentistry and The Veterinary Dental Company writes:

Horses are a risky business, right? The horse that is perfectly fine one day, can be rolling around on the ground with colic the next day, bandaged from hoof to hock the week after or scratched from a competition the folllowing month due to lameness.

We all know that some horses are just out to get injured, no matter how hard we try to protect them from themselves. It often seems that the more we pay for

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