Pre-Purchase Exam

Equine Pre-purchase Evaluation

The pre-purchase exam is a vital part of buying a horse as it can identify existing health or soundness issues which may prevent a horse from fulfilling its intended use. These exams consist of a through physical exam, extensive lameness exam, and also often include blood screening (Complete blood count & blood chemistry), drug testing, and radiographs (X-rays). Additional diagnostics such as Upper Airway Endoscopy and Ultrasonography are available as needed. If your potential new hose is located outside of New England, we are happy to travel to the horse’s location to perform the pre-purchase exam. We are available to discuss your needs as you consider the purchase of your next equine partner. Please see the Pre-Purchase Buyer form for more information.

North Bridge Equine offers numerous other services in Equine Sports Medicine and wellness. We do not provide equine reproductive services OR care to non-equids. We are happy to assist our clients in identifying other capable professionals who can provide services in these areas.


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Katie R.and Vincent B.

"Vincent and I have been working with North Bridge Equine Associates since 2013. Dr. Fred Nostrant and his team have always been extremely professional, understanding, and compassionate to the individual needs of our horses and clients. Fred invests in making the client feel comfortable and always takes the time to explain his methodology and approach.

We have a rigorous schedule at LAEM and Fred makes the time for us either in his routine weekly visits or on call when we need him. When we travel for our business, although Fred cannot travel with us to perform a vetting, he will review X-rays and vet reports from the attending veterinarian and give us his honest opinion.

When our new prospects arrive at our stable we have Fred look at them first so we can make a plan for their continued soundness and improvement in the sport. Fred’s holistic approach takes into consideration all aspects of feeding, fitness, training regimens, articulation, as well as personalities of the horses. He is dedicated first and foremost to the long-term health and happiness of the horses in his care.

This long term, full range planning is one of the many things we appreciate about NBEA’s care; their system has afforded us continued success and longevity in the careers of our horses.

We truly enjoy the working relationship we have with Fred and the team at NBEA!"

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