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Horse vetting in Somerset and Dorset

5 stage and 2 stage horse vetting (pre-purchase exams)

Isle Valley Equine understands how important it is to match the suitability of a horse to each potential new owner. Isle Valley Equine vets are very experienced in the process of both five stage and two stage equine vetting.

Equine / Horse vetting in Somerset, Devon and Dorset with Isle Valley Equine

Isle Valley Equine offers five stage and two stage equine vetting across:

  • Somerset
  • Devon
  • North Dorset
  • South Dorset and beyond

Responsive horse vetting

Isle Valley Equine provide responsive horse vetting, so you can make the decision about buying your horse quickly and confidently.

For some prepurchase exams undertaken by the Isle Valley Equine team, it is possible to reduce the number of stages from 5 to 2, should this be suitable for the horse.

Equine / Horse pre-purchase exams across Somerset, Devon and Dorset

Please call Isle Valley Equine vets on 01460 66099 to discuss your exact requirements with one of our experienced ‘equine only’ vets or simply email us on admin@aislevalleyvets.co.uk

Thorough horse pre-purchase exams with Isle Valley Equine vets

Isle Valley Equine is a modern and experienced equine only practice, providing equine vetting across Somerset and North Dorset, East Dorset, South Dorset and West Dorset and beyond.

Equine / Horse vetting stage 1: Preliminary

Preliminary examination by Isle Valley Equine vets

This is a methodical examination of the horse's body to assess its general appearance and condition. The horse's teeth, skin, limbs and feet are examined, its resting heart is listened to and two eye checks by ophthalmoscope. The horse's limb joints flexibility is also checked at this stage to reveal any pain or limitation of movement.

Equine / Horse vetting stage 2: Walk/Trot

Trotting up with Isle Valley Equine vets

The horse is walked and trotted on level ground in order to detect abnormalities of gait and action. Lunging on a firm surface is normally performed at this stage

Equine / Horse vetting stage 3: Exercise

Strenuous exercise watched by Isle Valley Equine vets

The horse is given sufficient exercise to:

  1. Make the horse breathe deeply and rapidly so that any unusual breathing sounds may be heard
  2. Increase the action of the heart so that abnormalities may be more easily detected
  3. Exert the horse so that any existing strains and injuries may be revealed by stiffness or lameness after a period of rest

Equine / Horse vetting stage 4: Rest

A period of rest with Isle Valley Equine vets

The horse is allowed to stand quietly for a period. During this time the horse's breathing and heart rate are checked as they return to the horse's natural resting levels.

Equine / Horse vetting stage 5: Walk/Trot

The 2nd trot and foot exam with Isle Valley Equine vets

The horse is walked and trotted again, turned sharply and backed, in order to reveal abnormalities exacerbated by the strenuous exercise.