Pre Purchase Examinations

It is recommended that clients purchasing a horse should consider a pre purchase examination, this can help identify current problems and future concerns.  There are two versions, a standard 5 stage, and a limited 2 stage, clients should discuss their requirements with one of our receptionists or veterinary surgeons.  We are able to travel more widely for pre purchase examinations, or we may be able to recommend a local veterinary surgeon for those further afield requests.  It is also possible to use the facilities at the clinic if you wish to bring your prospective purchase to us.

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The standard RCVS/BVA procedure:

  1. Preliminary examination – This is a thorough external examination of the animal at rest using visual observation, palpation and manipulation  to detect signs of injury, disease or physical abnormality. This includes an examination of the incisor teeth, eyes and auscultation of the heart and lungs.
  2. Walk and trot in hand – Detection of abnormalities of gait and action, flexion tests and lunging.
  3. Strenuous exercise – Usually assessed under saddle – allows assessment of the horse when it has increased breathing effort and heart rate. Allows further assessment of gait.
  4. Period of rest – the horse is allowed to stand quietly for a period and allows a further assessment of respiratory and heart rates.
  5. Second trot up and foot examination – In hand again to look for any signs of strains and injuries made evident by the exercise and rest stages.

The 2 stage examination only includes the first 2 stages listed above and a signed declaration is required to acknowledge understanding that a limited examination may not reveal certain conditions which may be discovered during a full 5 stage examination.

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