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pencilbeckett

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2 or 5 stage vetting?

Hi All

I am looking to buy my first horse and have seen one i am interestedin. I just want a companion i can hack out with, i am not looking to compete or jump etc.

Should i go for 2 or 5 stage vetting? Also anyone have experiences of costs of this type of vetting?

Any advice appreciated

Thanks Jenni xxx

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bexc3

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bexc3 says:

Re: 2 or 5 stage vetting?

Whats the price difference cos i havn't had a vetting done in ages. I was very naughty and didn't get Blitzen vetted cos we knew the people and also if  for some reason he couldn't be worked we've got plenty of land to not have to worry too much. However i would highly recommend some sort of vetting. I'd say if you're only gonna be doing hacking etc then you could probably get away with a 2 star, if that doesn't inc blood tests then maybe ask for them as extra cos then it can prove if the horse has been drugged if you have probs at a later date. x

bexc

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melxvengeance

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Re: 2 or 5 stage vetting?

even if you're going to do light work, get a 5 stage vetting because you never know.

 

when i was thinking about getting my pony vetted before i bought him (like you, bexc3, i was naughty and decided against it!!) the vet quoted me £150 so it isn't going to break the bank.

 

 

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soniadevereux

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Re: 2 or 5 stage vetting?

I have heard that the 5 stage vetting is very difficult to pass and does  make horses look lame after the flexion test.   I know there is going to be a gasp of horror here. I had a basic vetting for my old girl and she was aged by 8 yrs bought her as 14 yrs old, but she still did what i wanted. I didnt get Pride vetted again a happy hacker and was told about his shoulder. After agreeing to buy him i was told his great grand sire was King of Diamonds and all they wanted was a good home not a competition one. If you are going to compete and show then do a 5 stage vetting if not go with the 2. I will point out this is my personal opinion.

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HelenMcD

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HelenMcD says:

Re: 2 or 5 stage vetting?

Get a 5 star.

Can I mention the World Horse Welfare re-homing scheme - check it out - you need not spend any money at all and get a horse that is suited to you and your abilities.

Just a thought.

Good luck - post some pictures when your up and riding your new horse.

HelenMcD

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MaesSeren

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MaesSeren says:

Re: 2 or 5 stage vetting?

Theyre just like the blue cross though, take your money as you have to donate and then you dont hear anything back :(

 

Id get a 5 stage personally, if the horse is over £5000 then you have to have one anyway for insurance. But then im one to talk, the 2 horses we had vetted we ended up selling cos they were 100% unsuitable, those we havent had vetted weve still got 3/5yrs on!!! No issues either (other than a few melanomas on gem) but future horses will get a 2 or a 5 stage (dependant on age!)

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Miss Moss

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Miss Moss says:

Re: 2 or 5 stage vetting?

I brought a horse after she failed the vet (vet said she would only be suitable as a broodmare as she had problems in three if her legs) but I felt sorry for her as I had known her for 6 months and she had gone from home to home in them short months so brought her anyway, well I jumped her and rode her just as much as any other 'fit' horse foir years and she was fine never went lame, while my friend who paid £5000 for a horse and had it 5 star vetted always had problems with hers lol. If you are only looking to hack many horses would fail a 5 star vet but dosnt mean you would have any problems with them just that they are not up to hunting 5 times a week, but saying that I would get vet out to check the horse before you buy him/her to check he/ her is healthy for the job intended but where vettings are good they dont always pick up problems that come up 1 year down the line. Hope you find the horse of your dreams and he/her is healthy for many years to come but even with vetting you can still have problems, just make sure you have a good insurance policy. 

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chiefsmyboy

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chiefsmyboy says:

Re: 2 or 5 stage vetting?

Whether you're just happy hacking or competing I personally think it pays to have a 5 stage vetting.  I had my horse 5 stage vetted 8 years ago and it cost me £100 and apart from the small splint he passed.  Buying a horse can be quite expensive, not to mention the amount of money it costs to look after it properly, the last thing you want on top of this is vet bills all for the sake of trying to save £100/150.  I personally feel it's well worth it.

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pencilbeckett

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Re: 2 or 5 stage vetting?

Thank you all for your replys. I am going to find out prices and take it from there, even if i decide on the 2 stage i will still make out to the owner i want a 5 stage vetting when i enquire about the horse because if they are not keen on the vetting i think i would steer clear.

Just wondered did you guys use a vet near to where you bought the horse from or did your local vet travel. I am willing to travel for the right horse.

Thanks Jenni xxx

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Divasmum

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Divasmum says:

Re: 2 or 5 stage vetting?

I would go for a 5 stage. It is best to have as much information from the vet re the horse before buying it.

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kirstyndshaky

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Re: 2 or 5 stage vetting?

i went for 5 and shaky was only £2500 and another 500 for tack and rugs (full wardrobe!!not just the odd rug!!i was well chuffed!) but i got a 5 stage even though i barely compete due to lack of transport, coz we've had people try to rip us off before and been caught out on the vetting!!

 

i was gonna get my vet out for shaky, but she didnt like the practice, so i didnt mention it (slap on the wrist) and just used hers,which u shouldnt do if u can avoid it!!they were v honest and sent a vet (ive just written horse!!oopsy!im blonde!!) who hadnt seen him before so there was no bias, but use your own if u can!

 

good luck finding the perfect horsey!!keep us updated with lots of pics! 

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