The search is finally over. You’ve made countless phone calls, watched videos, communicated with the buyer, and probably taken a test ride. You’re convinced that you’ve found “the one.” This is the horse you’ve been waiting for. But there is one crucial, final piece of the puzzle… the pre-purchase exam.
The value of a pre-purchase exam is priceless. It provides peace of mind and allows you to make that final decision about whether or not to invest in a new horse. If the prize horse happens to come with a few dings and dents, at least you will be well aware of the issues and risks ahead of time. This relatively simple exam has the ability to help you seal the deal, or suggest you walk away from a horse that wouldn’t have been able to carry you towards your show ring dreams.
Dr. Jordan Kiviniemi-Moore’s childhood goal of becoming a veterinarian came to reality when she graduated in 2010 from Transylvania University with a BA in Biology. She then earned her DVM from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She completed rotating equine internships at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and an ambulatory internship at Rood and Riddle. She’s now practicing in Lexington, Kentucky, at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. She takes every pre-purchase evaluation seriously and strives to provide as much relevant information to a potential buyer as she can so they can make an educated decision regarding the purchase of a horse.
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