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A Pre-purchase Horse Buyers Report will give you a comprehensive Infrared Thermal Imaging review of the horse you are about to invest in. 


Inform your choices about purchasing your new horse and be alerted to any unseen issues that may not be highlighted through other means.

An extra pair of eyes!

For the Buyer.

For observing a horse at the peak of health there is no diagnostic tool that is more valuable than Infrared Thermal Technology because it is measuring a physiological change rather than a physical (anatomical) change. Physiological changes / responses precede anatomical changes which are the actual injury, therefore, when the temperature changes, the tissue change (injury) will follow unless appropriate actions are taken to prevent the injury.

A full thermal report may highlight areas that may otherwise remain unseen until further down the timeline. Thermography will also reveal cold areas; which are often more relevant than hot areas and which are largely overlooked in general. 

You will get a valuable visual impression of the back, feet, neck and lower limbs. Any topical ointments that may have been applied will also become evident.

For the Vet.

Pre-purchase exams are desired so that the prospective purchaser can avoid buying a horse that is unsuitable for the purchaserís intended use. It helps to keep the legal transaction over the animal as honest as possible with the hope that any future disagreement between the two parties with regard to the purchase / sale of the subject horse will be avoided.

It gives the veterinarian something other than a subjective opinion on which to make recommendations for pre-purchase diagnostic testing and /or the ultimate recommendation as to the horseís potential soundness for the intended use. With Thermal Imaging and any follow-up diagnostics indicated, there is a visual representation of any abnormalities that the veterinarian may find.

In cases where the significance of the pathology found with other diagnostics is questionable, Equine Thermography helps to define whether the pathology is active or inactive which can aid the veterinarian and potential buyer in decision making. It also provides a hard copy record of the horseís condition on the day the IR examination was done.

This can be invaluable if litigation over the purchase / sale ever occurs. It can also help establish an appropriate price if the sale proceeds.


Our recommendation

We recommend a full Thermal Imaging Survey assessing the horse, before and after work, on the day of, or the preceding day, of a veterinary examination. A full set of images will be provided for the attending Vet. You may also like to take up our Veterinary Diagnostic Service with images being sent to Donna Harper for assessment.