To ensure the horse you are buying doesn’t have any veterinary issues, and that it isn’t likely to develop them in the future, we recommend it has a pre-purchase examination.
An experienced equine vet will thoroughly examine the horse in the stable, in hand and, if possible, being ridden. A detailed standard examination protocol is followed to ensure all aspects are covered.
A shorter examination, a two-stage vetting, is done on young unbroken horses or broodmares, but if the horse is four years old or above, and is broken to ride, we recommend a longer, more comprehensive five-stage vetting.
After the vetting the vet will discuss with you any issues that have been found, and their significance. A detailed written report is produced, which can then be forwarded to an insurance company if required.