Once you have selected a horse to buy, it is a good idea to have a vet perform a pre-purchase examination prior to the final purchase regardless of the value of the horse.
Dr Chris Petersen will perform either a two stage or five stage examination: In the two stage exam the horse is given a physical examination, trotted, turned and backed. Flexion tests on all four limbs will also be performed. In the five stage exam the horse is also galloped and examined. Any significant injury, lameness or disease detected will be commented on by the Vet. Generally a two stage test will cost less than $400. Further tests such as radiographs can be performed if requested by the buyer to further investigate a problem area.