Pre-Purchase Examinations (Vettings)

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A vetting for purchase examination provides a thorough clinical assessment of a horse or pony on behalf of a potential buyer – and assesses the suitability of the horse or pony for its intended use.  This provides the prospective buyer with a full standardised clinical assessment of the horse at that particular time.

The examination is conducted in five stages. We can also perform a two stage vetting, but the purchaser must be aware that this is a limited examination which may result in the vet being unable to identify important clinical information that would affect a decision to purchase.

Therefore we would always recommend a five stage vetting if you are buying a horse for a ridden job. It is a thorough examination which includes a ridden assessment and will give you lots of information about the horse you are hoping to purchase. The vet will take the intended use and current fitness levels of the horse or pony into account during the examination and therefore a five stage vetting is suitable for a child’s first pony, a professional competition horse and everything in between.

We also recommend that a blood sample is taken at the vetting which will be stored for six months at an independent lab. This sample can then be tested at a later date for substances that may have been present in the blood stream on the day of the vetting that could have masked factors affecting the suitability of the horse.

We can also take radiographs at a vetting which may be a personal request or a requirement of your insurance company. We have fully mobile, digital radiography equipment which we can bring along to a vetting if required.

For full details please download the British Equine Veterinary Association vetting guidelines.

We are happy to undertake two and five stage vettings for clients or non-registered purchasers. General practice policy is that we do not vet horses registered with us due to a potential conflict of interest but in some cases it is possible so please contact our Equine Coordinator for more information.