Pre-Purchase Examinations 'Vettings'  

The horse world is sadly notorious for its rogues - so be aware! If possible enlist help from a knowledgeable friend or your riding instructor if you are inexperienced and just starting out.

Try to see your potential purchase in different situations and handle the horse or pony as much as possible yourself. If turned out – ask if you can catch and lead the horse or pony in from the field. Observe reactions to grooming, tacking up, and be confident to handle the animal on the ground before getting on board!

Ride the horse for enough time to feel happy - don’t be put off by an audience!
When you are happy that your ‘find’ is suitable - ring us to book in a pre-purchase examination or vetting.

There are two types of vettings available:

A 2 stage - involving a clinical examination and a trot up.
And a 5 stage - involving a strenuous exercise phase and examination following a period of rest.

A 2 stage examination is a part vetting and should really only be used for young unbroken animals that cannot be exercised. It may also be suitable if the potential purchase has been on trial with you for a reasonable amount of time. This vetting requires a dark stable and flat trot up area.

A 5 stage examination is always the best option. It requires a dark stable, a flat trot up area, an exercise area and rider. The horse should also be reasonably shod - without loose shoes!

We would encourage the taking of a blood sample at a pre purchase examination. This is generally to look for painkillers and sedatives and can be stored for 6 months at the Horse Racing Forensic Lab in Newmarket.

We will advise on the probabilities of any clinical findings causing future problems and effectively report a risk assessment to you. You will receive a written report, which often is required by your insurance company. Insurance companies may exclude certain conditions if referred to on a certificate so it is often worth faxing them a copy before your final decision is made.

 
The Droitwich Veterinary Surgery
36 Hanbury Road
Droitwich
WR9 8PW

Tel: 01905 773 262
Fax: 01905 796 179
Email: la@mbgvet.com

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri: 8.30am until 6.30pm
Saturday: 8.30am until 4.00pm

All consultations are by appointment
The Claines Veterinary Clinic
238 Ombersley Road
Worcester
WR3 7HB

Tel: 01905 453 007
Fax: 01905 755 985
Email: claines@mbgvet.com

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri: 8.30am until 6.30pm
Saturday: 8.30am until 12 noon

All consultations are by appointment
The Webbs Veterinary Clinic
Worcester Road
Droitwich
WR9 0DG

Tel: 01527 861771
Email: webbs@mbgvet.com

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Opening Times

Mon - Fri: 9.00am until 7.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am until 5.00pm
Sunday: 10.30am until 4.300pm

All consultations are by appointment