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The Pre Purchase Horse Vetting

Why have your new horse vetted?

A pre purchase veterinary examination will vastly reduce the likelihood of buying a horse with underlying health problems and will help enable you to make an informed decision as to whether the horse will meet your needs.  Also some insurance companies insist on one being carried out before they will offer you cover.  A pre purchase exam is not a pass-fail test or a guarantee of long-term health and soundness, it’s a snapshot of a moment in time. It is also advisable to request your vet to take a blood sample to test for substances which may mask pain or temperament issues when initially trying the horse.  Whilst having a horse vetted prior to purchase does not come cheap, it can be a false economy not to have a thorough examination carried out.

It is important to try to use your own veterinary surgeon as they will appreciate and advise on your requirements, if the horse is some distance away and this is not possible, be sure to instruct an independent veterinary practice and not one connected with the vendor.  If the horse passes the examination, then a certificate will be completed by the veterinary surgeon, which may be used for insuring the horse or pony when the sale is completed.

If the horse passes the examination and you wish to proceed with the sale make sure you obtain a receipt from the vendor or a contract of sale.  Right Horse Right Home can assist with the production of a sale contract if required, see here for more details. The owner should hand over the horse’s passport and any relevant papers, as well as tack and equipment that is included in the sale.  Be sure to check that the details on the horse passport and supporting documentation match that of the horse for sale and that the owner has indeed signed the paperwork.

As soon as you hand over money the horse is legally yours so make sure you have insurance in place.  You can then take the horse home, if you need assistance with arranging transport you can use www.localhorsehelp.co.uk who have a comprehensive list of legal transporters and self drive hire companies available.  Once your horse is home, it is important to allow time to get to know each other and have a qualified instructor who can support you in this journey.

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