Pre-purchase examination (vetting)

The purchase of a horse involves an element of risk. No horse is risk free and via pre-purchase examinations we aim to identify, assess and attempt to quantify that risk for you so that you can come to an informed decision as to whether to proceed with the purchase. The vet will list any clinical abnormalities found during the procedure and then conclude whether or not the horse is suitable for the proposed use.

Bishopton Equine perform two types of vetting: 2 stage or full 5 stage vetting.

  • A 2 stage simply involves a thorough clinical examination and gait/soundness assessment at walk and trot.
  • A 5 stage vetting includes the full clinical examination, gait assessment at walk and trot but also observation of the animal at exercise, a rest phase and an extra soundness examination. Sometimes it may be necessary to use other diagnostic tools. X-rays, endoscopy, ultrasound and other tests can be incorporated into the examination but these are not part of the standard examination.