Prior to Purchase Examinations

I am a Veterinary Surgeon with special interest and expertise in Prior to Purchase Examinations based on extensive experience, see C.V.

Vettings known as Pre –Purchase Examinations are comprehensive examinations designed to identify conformation, past injury or any other health related issues that could impact on your horses ability to fulfil its intended use and true potential

The examination follow the standard five stage clinical procedure and  a blood sample may be taken and stored. In addition xrays,scopes and ultrasound scans can be arranged.

At the Buyers request an examination of Stages  1 and  2 only may be undertaken and issued with a partial certificate. A five stage examination is normally required for full insurance cover and veterinary fees.

The Five Stages

  1. Preliminary Examination; using visual assessment, manipulation and palpating, this is a thorough external examination of the horse. Problems like injury, structural abnormalities and disease can be detected. The incisor teeth and eyes are examined, and the auscultation of the heart and lungs at rest is observed. The eye exam will not include pupil dilation but will include examination of internal and external structures. The inside of the prepuce (sheath) is not examined and neither is there a speculum-executed mouth examination. Also not included are height measurement or examination to determine whether the horse is pregnant.
  2. Walk and trot, in hand; to detect problems in gait and/or action, the horse is walked and then trotted in hand on level and firm ground. The animal is then observed circling and walking backwards. All four limbs are given flexion tests and – if facilities allow – the horse is trotted in a circle with a lunge line on a solid surface.
  3. Exercise phase; the horse will be ridden and given enough exercise to a) permit assessment of the animal in a state of faster breathing and heart rates; b) permit assessment of the horse’s gait during walk, trot, canter and gallop stages; c) permit stage 5 to be undertaken.
  4. Period of rest and re-examination; Now the horse is stationary for a period. Respiratory and cardiovascular systems are monitored as they fall back down to resting levels.
  5. Second trot up; Signs of strain and injury are observed while the horse is trotted in hand for the second time. The flexion tests and other procedures first undertaken in Stage 2 can be repeated.

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