pre-purchase-examination

Pre-purchase Dental Examination

Before making the decision to purchase a horse, whether a child’s pony, a breeding stallion or a performance horse, we highly recommend a five stage pre-purchase examination.

The standard BEVA pre-purchase examination certificate in the UK states ‘a detailed examination of the mouth has not been performed’. This means pathology of the mouth and teeth is often missed.

At EDC we would highly recommend a thorough oral examination by oral endoscopy prior to purchasing a horse. We can offer a visit to perform oral endoscopic examination and provide a report with images detailing any pathology present in the mouth.

Horses are skilled at disguising dental pain, and adjusting eating patterns to cope with developing problems. We have treated many horses with advanced dental disorders within weeks of purchase following full pre-purchase examinations.

This is in no way a criticism of the pre-purchase procedure, but we would like to offer our expertise as an additional service to new horses owners wishing to avoid dental problems following purchase. Please contact for prices and bookings.

All of the oroscopic images opposite were taken from horses with no outward symptoms of disease.