The sale of thoroughbreds, whether via public auction or privately, frequently demands the use of prepurchase radiography. This is may be carried out by the vendor in advance of a sale in an attempt to assure purchasers that the animal they are about to buy is ‘fit for purpose’ and does not carry any bone lesions that would not be visible on an external clinical examination and which could impact future soundness and a horse's ability to train. In other cases, these radiographs are taken at the sales complex itself on behalf of and paid for by the potential purchaser. This article, the first of two reviewing the predictive value of presales radiographs in yearlings, discusses the interpretation of the images and considers the possible consequences of particular changes found in the fetlock on the future potential athletic performance of a racehorse. Part 2, to be published in the June issue of In Practice, reviews the significance of lesions present in the carpus, tarsus and stifle.
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