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Pre-Purchase Examination Deposit

Pre-Purchase Examination Deposit


The Pre Purchase Examination

This is a deposit payment or full payment of stage 2 exam not including travel fees. 

You will recieve an editable pdf form to your email, please email this back to and we will proceed with booking an appointment. 


The pre-purchase examination is conducted in five stages, although the exact sequence may vary. You have the option

of either a 2 or 5 stage exam.


Stage 1: The Preliminary Exam

This is a thorough external examination of the animal at rest using visual observation, palpation and manipulation

to detect clinically apparent signs of injury, disease or physical abnormality. It includes an examination o the

incisor teeth, a thorough examination of the horse's eyes in a darkened area (doesn't include pupil dilating) and

auscultation of the horses heart and lungs at rest.

The standard examination does not include examination of the inside of the prepuce (sheath), a detailed mouth

examination with a speculum, a height measurement ot any examination for pregnancy.


Stage 2: Walk and trot in hand

The animal is walked and then trotted in hand to detect abnormalities of gait and action. Ideally this is carried out

on firm, level ground. The horse is turned sharply each way and is backed for a few paces. Flexion tests for all four

limbs and trotting in a circle on a firm surface may be carried out if the examining veterinary surface considers it

safe and appropriate to do so.

Note: Flexion tests and trotting in a circle on a firm surface are not mandatory parts of the standard procedure,

but they can sometimes provide useful information about the horse. There may be circumstances when the

examining veterinary surgeon concludes that it is unsafe or inappropriate to perform such tests.


Stage 3: Exercise Phase

The horse is given sufficient exercise to:

1. Allow assessment of the horse with it has increased breathing effort and an increased heart rate.

2. Allow assessment of the horses gait at walk, trot, canter and if appropriate, gallop.

3. Allow assessment of the horse of stage five.

If ridden exercise is not undertaken then this stage may be conducted by exercising the horse on a lunge. It

should be made clear on the certificate what form of exercise was undertaken.


Stage 4: Period of rest and re-examination

The horse is allowed to stand quietly for a period. During this time the respiratory and cardiovascular systems may

be monitored as they return to their resting levels.


Stage 5: Second trot up

The animal is trotted in hand again to look for any signs of strains of injuries made evident by the exercise and rest



Additional testing or concerns

Any concerns should be made prior to the pre-purchase examination and the examining vet will decide whether

extra tests need to be made. Any additional testing will incur additional fees however, this will be discussed prior

to testing.


Please fill in the Pre-Purchase Examination form and email to

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