Equine
Chard: 01460 66099

Small Animals
Stoke Sub Hamdon: 01935 310930
Creech St Michael: 01823 444234

Horse Vettings in the South West

Isle Valley Vets offer 5 stage and 2 stage vettings (pre-purchase examinations). The vets at Isle valley Equine understand how important it is to match the suitability of the horse to the potential new owner. The experience of our vets mean that not only is the horse thoroughly assessed and examined, but also that you will receive sensible advice about the potential of the horse.

Areas We Cover

Isle Valley Equine will travel all across Somerset, Devon, Dorset and beyond for vettings. We have done vettings all over the United Kingdom and can advise you on the best procedure for checking potential purchases situated further from the Isle Valley Equine Clinic.

Responsive Vettings

Isle Valley Equine responsive horse vettings so that you can quickly decide on the purchase of your new horse rapidly and confidently. We can normally fit in a pre-purchase exam within 2 or 3 days of the initial request, and can offer impartial advice on whether a 5 stage or 2 stage exam is needed.

Please call Isle Valley Equine on 01460 66099 to discuss your exact requirements with one of our experienced equine vets, or you can send an email to admin@islevalleyvets.co.uk.

Horse Vetting Stage 1: Preliminary

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 both eyes checked by ophthalmoscope. The horse's limb joints flexibility is also checked at this stage to reveal any pain or limitation of movement.

Horse Vetting Stage 2: Walk/Trot

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.

Horse Vetting Stage 3: Exercise

The horse is given sufficient exercise to:

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

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.

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.