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Equine Pre-Purchase Examinations

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Equine Pre-Purchase Examinations

At Gabriel, Grills & Associates we recommend that purchsers of new horses have a pre-purchse examination performed. The reason for this is that purchase of a horse can be expensive and that unless the purchaser is very experienced in the horse world it is easy to miss problems that maybe present in a horse that could render that animal unsuitable for the intended purpose.

3 Stage Vetting

The following is the process that is worked though for a 3 stage vetting

1. Animal is examined in the stable. Eyes examined, heart and lungs auscultated, back checked and mouth and teeth are examined.
2. Outside on a hard level surface, general conformation is assessed. Examination of any swellings, scars and abnormalities, examination of feet and assessment of foot balance. Animal is walked and trotted in hand.
3. Animal lunged (or if appropriate ridden) in a circle. Amount of exercise performed at discretion of veterinary surgeon, this is not designed to exert heart and lungs.
The passport will then be checked; the animal will be drawn, a check performed for a microchip and notes are taken for a certificate.
Blood samples are not generally taken at a 3 stage exam unless specifically requested for, if requested there will be an additional charge. No written warranty is obtained from the vendor regarding vices; sweet-itch, head shaking etc.
Flexion tests are not usually performed unless deemed to be necessary by the veterinary surgeon.

5 Stage Vetting

Five stage Pre-Purchase Examination
1. 1. Animal is examined in the stable. Eyes examined, heart and lungs auscultated, back checked and mouth and teeth are examined.
2. Outside on a hard level surface, general conformation is assessed. Examination of any swellings, scars and abnormalities, examination of feet and assessment of foot balance. Animal is walked and trotted in hand.
3. The animal is ridden to exert heart and lungs. The amount of exercise is determined by the level of fitness of the animal and the purpose for which it is being purchased. Heart and lungs are auscultated at the end of the exercise period.
4. A period of rest for 15-20 minutes during which time notes are taken, the microchip is verified and drawing completed. It is at this point that you are at liberty to offer the veterinary surgeon a tea or coffee- this will not be seen as a bribe!
5. Heart is re-auscultated to assess rate of return of heart rate to pre- exercise levels. Flexion tests are performed and the animal trotted away in hand. The animal will be turned in a tight circle both ways and backed up. This is to look for any neurological problems.
A blood sample is then taken with the owner's permission. This sample is stored with Veterinary Defence Society's laboratory for 6 months before being discarded. It is available to be tested for any inappropriate drugs having been administered such as sedatives or painkillers. There is a fee of about £200 for these tests.
Finally a written warranty is obtained from the owner or their agent declaring freedom from conditions that might not be apparent on the day of the examination- stable vices, sweet-itch, headshaking, laminitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The purchaser and veterinary surgeon will need to disccus furture requirements for the horse in order to decide which type of vetting is appropriate, e.g. is it to be used for gentle hacking or is ait for competitive dressage use. We don't normally take radiograhs as part of a standard vetting but again these can be taken if required after a successful vetting, this would be done at Filham Park Veterinary Clinic.

One of the most importtnt things to remember about a vetting is that it is a professional opinion given at the time of examination and observations about any potential faults identified will be made in light of the potential future use of a horse.

 

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