Five Stage Horse Vetting and Pre-Purchase Examinations

Buying a horse or pony is a huge financial outlay for most of us. You want to be sure that the animal you are buying is healthy, free from illness, injury or disease, and will be capable of carrying out the work you want them to do.

Five Stage Horse Vetting - Horse Dental Pain - Horse Prepurchase Examination - Equine Thermography - Pre Purchase Inspection - Pre Loan Inspection - Equine Infrared

Equine Thermography can show you the complete picture

The same is true if you are loaning a horse. Although you will be saved the initial financial outlay you will still be responsible for any vets’ bills for treatment that they may need, plus the costs of keep even if you can’t ride them.

Like surveying a house before purchasing, the insurance two stage, or full five stage vetting offered by your vet is invaluable in determining whether your decision to purchase the animal, and the asking price are correct.

A useful precursor or adjunct to the two or five stage vetting offered by your vet is a full Equine Thermography scan.

Thermal Imaging doesn’t replace the need to ask your vet for a vetting, but can pinpoint specific areas of concern which you might want him or her to take a closer look at for you. You and your vet together may feel that the information within the Thermal Imaging report is sufficient not to proceed with the purchase or further vetting, saving you time and money on x-rays and blood tests.

Five Stage Horse Vetting - Horse Joint Injury - Horse Prepurchase Examination - Equine Thermography - Pre Purchase Inspection - Pre Loan Inspection - Equine Infrared

This filly had an inflamed joint, picked up using Equine Thermography.

Equine Thermography can detect injuries up to three weeks before major anatomical disruption occurs, as the physiology of the animal (the blood flow) alters when the tissues are just under stress. This is sooner than the horse would exhibit clinical signs such as lameness.

Chronic and degenerative conditions can be easily detected, together with identifying any trauma to the musculoskeletal systemhoof balance and conditions within the feet.

Interestingly, the application of blisters and liniments, and recent injection sites also cause changes to the animal’s physiology, which are present for several days afterwards. This can be an indicator of a desire to mask something that’s underlying, and may indicate to your vet that there is a need to pay particular attention to certain areas.

Five Stage Horse Vetting - Saddle Fitting - Horse Prepurchase Examination - Equine Thermography - Pre Purchase Inspection - Pre Loan Inspection - Equine Infrared

Thermal Imaging of the saddle can see if it really is a good fit.

If your purchase also includes tack, we can check the saddle is a correct fit before you commit to buying it. Thermograms of the underside of the saddle will objectively show whether or not it’s suitable, and the process doesn’t require you to ride in the saddle, or to be present. With the results you may decide to renegotiate and purchase a newly fitted saddle instead. You can find out more on our Saddle Fitting page.

As a seller, Thermal Imaging also offers an interesting insight into the health of your horse for prospective purchasers, proving you have ‘nothing to hide’ and potentially helping to secure that sale.

A full anatomical scan of your horse, including checking the saddle fit costs just £230. The service is mobile, and provided the seller is happy, we can carry out the thermal imaging in your absence.

We offer half-day and full day rates, and the service is mobile. Ideal if you are visiting a dealer, attending horse auctions or sale days to view prospective purchases.


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