Pre-purchase Vettings


The vetting procedure is a process laid down by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to standardise to examination.The vetting procedure is a process laid down by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons to standardise to examination.

There are 5 stages to the examination

1. Thorough clinical examination of the horse at rest. This includes

  • Scanning for an existing microchip or drawing the horse
  • Examination of eyes and heart
  • Palpation and visual assessment of all limbs
  • Examination of feet (this can be performed during stage 5)

2. Dyanamic Assessment, including

  • Walk and trot up in straight line
  • Lunging on both soft and firm surface
  • Flexion tests

3. Strenuous Exercise

  • The horse is usually ridden but can be lunged
  • The exercise has to be sufficient to raise heart rate, which will depend on use of horse and level of fitness

4. Period of Rest

5. Second Trot Up

  • Flexion tests may be repeated as might some of lunging
  • If you are thinking about having a horse vetted, or if you are selling a horse that is being vetted, please see our separate page under information.