Vet checks

Vet checks

An important part of the work at Equestrian Clinic De Watermolen consists of the inspection of horses and ponies native and from abroad. This is usually done in the context of buying or selling, but also for various auctions (including the KWPN Select Sale), or for insurance of your horse. Our veterinarians are recognized by insurance companies for testing horses. This means that the advice of our veterinarians is immediately followed by most equestrian insurance companies. A complete examination consists of a clinical and a radiographically part. Both parts can also be done separately.

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CLINICAL ASSESSMENT: A general research to get an impression of different organs, including heart and lungs. Then the movements are viewed on the hard surface and bending tests are done on all legs. After watching the movement on the lunge on the soft ground, we repeate the bending tests and listen to the heart and lungs once again. Furthermore, eyes and teeth are inspected for any abnormalities. For horses in higher price range, it is recommended that the horse is also assest under the saddle, this is done after consulting the owner and buyer.

The clinical examination can also consists of the inspection of nasal passages and throat to see if anomalies occur, such as cornage (paralysis of one of the vocal cords), or to see if the horse has had surgery on them. We do this by using a scoop, which is connected to a monitor so you can also watch. Equestrian Clinic De Watermolen is authorized to make the official DVD’s of the laryngoscopy of stallions, selected for the KWPN stallion show.

The imaging of the bony parts of the horse is done with digital radiographs. The big advantage of digital photography is that we can easily send the images to veterinarians abroad, so they can easily be assessed in terms of sales abroad. The radiographic examination include the inspection of the navicular bone and we check whether there is OC (with or without fragmentation) in the different joints.

ULTRASOUND: Ultrasound is recommended for the inspection of horses in the higher price ranges. Given the growing belief that lameness can also occur from soft tissue, we can use ultrasound on tendons, between tendons, ligaments and superficial flexors, even as neck and spine. In the context of the horse breeding screening Equestrian Clinic De Watermolen is authorized to X-ray your mare for the PROK certificate and your stallion for the KWPN stallion selection. After an inspection, you will receive an official inspection report with all clinical and radiographic findings. We will make a CD for you with all the x-rays.