Horse Exams and Wellness Care

When you need veterinary care for your horses, Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital is the place to come. Our veterinarians have extensive experience in equine medicine. We offer equine wellness care that includes regular wellness horse exams, as well as pre-purchase exams for your future horses, too. Additionally, if you’re looking to travel with your horse, we are a federally certified Coggins Laboratory and can have results in as little as 45 minutes.

Equine Wellness Exams

Our exams are thorough, covering your entire horse from nose to tail, and even checking their gait for any abnormalities. A complete physical for assessing your horse’s healthiness includes an examination of the following:

  • Body shape: filled out with a good quantity of form muscle, but not overweight
  • Legs: free from swelling, bumps, or hot spots
  • Stance: even on all four legs with all feet pointing forward
    • It is normal to occasionally rest a leg, though typically not the same leg each time
  • Walk: even walk with strides of equal length and evenly distributed weight
  • Ears: upright to indicate a positive mood; drooping ears generally indicate tiredness, weakness, or unhappiness
  • Coat: even, flat, and shiny
  • Skin: loose and supple, moving easily over horse’s frame
  • Sweating: sweating should not be present except for cases of rigorous exercise or hot weather
  • Gums: pink, shiny, and moist
  • General mood: alert and interested

Visit our Equine FAQ page for more detailed information about characteristics to be aware of when determining your horse’s health.

Pre-Purchase Exams

Veterinarians play a very important role in pre-purchase examinations of horses. To best assess a horse’s current and future soundness, we recommend a pre-purchase exam for every horse. A veterinarian’s role in the process is to explain and record any medical abnormalities that have been observed while detailing any concerns that they have. It is important to remember that the veterinarian will be neutral, not guaranteeing the horse’s soundness and not choosing to side with either the buyer or the seller in the case.

During assessment of the horse, the veterinarian will examine:

  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Teeth
  • Heart
  • Abdomen
  • Lungs
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • And perform a flexion test of all the joints of the front and back limbs

For more information about our pre-purchase examinations, please visit our FAQ page.

Coggins Test

A Coggins test is a simple blood test that identifies the presence of Equine Infectious Anemia, a highly contagious condition that causes your horse to become very anemic. This test is mandatory if you wish to travel with your horse. While most locations require a current negative Coggins test within the past 12 months, some places require them within the past 6 months. Ask the Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital team to check for the requirements at your specific location in Dublin, De Leon, and the surrounding areas. Because we are a federally certified Coggins laboratory, we can offer fast results in as little as 45 minutes.