8:30am - 10:30am
11:00am - 12:30pm
2:00pm - 4:00pm
5:00pm - 7:00pm
Sat 9:00am - 11:00am
By appointment only
We take pride in looking after animals and birds kept on smallholdings. Clients who own smallholdings are from varying backgrounds and have a wide range of knowledge and are very enthusiastic.
We can help you put into practice what you have learned through reading or agricultural college courses and thereby encourage good welfare of your stock.
Services we can offer include:
If you need help with breeding and artificial insemination we can guide you on the use of hormones and sponges to synchronise breeding.
We can offer you individual support for your particular kind of enterprise and give you 24-hour emergency backup.
Please call us for advice on 01892 835456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It can take a long time to find the perfect match when you are
searching for a new horse. The process of buying and bringing home
your new purchase is very exciting, but can be rather stressful
Asking us to vet a horse that you are planning to buy will remove a lot of guesswork and anxiety about the suitability of the animal for the plans that you have for your new partnership.
A vetting is conducted in five main stages:
A thorough physical examination of the horse during which we check the whole animal over, including the skin, eyes, heart, lung sounds, back, limbs, and feet.
The horse is observed walking and trotting in a straight line on a hard surface. Flexion tests may be performed to put a little extra pressure through the joints of the limbs. The horse may be lunged on a hard surface.
Ridden exercise is observed, with walk, trot and canter elements. If space and safety consideration allows, the horse may be galloped. Otherwise, a period of faster work in canter is performed so that the vet may listen to the horse's wind and heart when working hard.
The horse is allowed to rest and recovery time assessed.
Often we use this time to check the horse's identification and passport.
The horse is observed walking and trotting to check for any alteration after exercise.
If required, additional tests such as xrays and endoscopy of the airways are performed.
Blood samples are taken and stored for all horses vetted. This is to provide protection for all parties should there be a query after the horse is taken home. The sample can be tested for sedative and painkilling drugs for up to six months after the vetting by an independent laboratory.
Vetting for Insurance
If you intend to insure your horse, then many companies require a recent vetting certificate. Requirements vary depending on purchase price and insurance company used, so it is well worth checking with the insurance company that you intend to use.
Limited Pre-purchase Examination
A full five stage vetting is by far the best way to fully assess a horse for suitability of purpose. However, a restricted examination which includes only stage one and two may be appropriate in some circumstances(eg an unbroken youngster)
Requirements when booking a vetting are: