We offer both two- and five-stage vettings. Both involve a clinical examination, trot up, and the taking and storing of a blood sample. Any testing of these samples will incur additional fees.
If you are purchasing a ridden horse we recommend a five-stage vetting as more potential problems can be found during the vigorous exercise phase, recovery and second trot up.
Two-stage vettings are suitable for unbacked horses, or if a problem is found in the first stages that prevents us continuing. If you chose to have a two-stage vetting you will be asked to sign a disclaimer form to accept the additional risks of conditions that may affect the horse’s suitability for purchase not being found.
What are the five stages?
Stage 1: Full clinical examination
Stage 2: Trot up
Stage 3: Exercise phase
Stage 4: Rest and recovery phase
Stage 5: Second trot up
What facilities are needed?
- A suitable stable or area to examine the horse with a dark area in order to examine their eyes.
- A hard, level area, long enough to trot the horse up on.
- An arena in order to exercise the horse, and a rider to ride the horse if it is being sold for riding.