All veterinary information is made available to buyers. The documents are always available on the online collection and can be consulted at the Sales Office during physical events. Each horse’s file is made up of several elements:
1. THE RADIOGRAPHIC FILE
All horses undergo a health check when they are selected. This consists of a clinical examination (eyes, heart, lungs, etc.) and an X-ray check-up for jumpers aged 2 and over. Depending on age, the number of compulsory x-rays varies: we require 20 x-rays for horses aged 2 to 4, and 23 for performers aged 4 and over.
The X-rays are then reviewed by the Fences veterinarian, who assigns points for the X-ray scores as follows:
- Grade 0 (0 point awarded): no significant radiographic anomaly
- Grade 1 (1 point awarded): suspicious radiographic image (between normal and abnormal) with no clinical significance
- Grade 2 (2 points awarded): abnormal radiographic image of unlikely clinical expression
- Grade 3 (4 points awarded): abnormal radiographic image with probable clinical expression
- Grade 4 (8 points awarded): abnormal radiographic image with definite clinical expression
A horse’s radiographic score is the sum of the points awarded when the radiographs are studied. Recent studies show that the average radiographic score for a population of 3-year-old sport horses is close to 5.
Please note that the comments on the X-ray images reflect the opinion of the Fences veterinarian and his opinion only. Buyers are deemed to have taken the advice of their own veterinarian before bidding and may not invoke any error, lack of information, omission or discrepancy of interpretation between their veterinarian. The Fences guarantee doesn’t apply for elements available in the veterinary file. To forward the information to your veterinarian, please use the “send to my veterinarian” function.
SELLER INFORMATION – The cost of the radiographic examination is payable directly to the Fences approved veterinarian.
If you have recent x-rays, you can bring them to the selection to be interpreted by our veterinarian. X-rays must have been taken within 6 months of the auction date.
(Only images of sufficient technical quality, identified in the image with the name of the horse and veterinarian, and sent by e-mail in JPEG format to firstname.lastname@example.org will be accepted. No CDs will be accepted. An osteo-articular report which reflects only the radiological elements of the file will be given, after reading, by the review committee. The committee will make the final decision as to whether or not the horse will be accepted for the auction.)
2. CLINICAL EXAMINATION
A clinical examination always takes place before the auction. It determines whether or not the horse can be sold.
The purpose of this examination is to exclude horses that have not tolerated training, or that do not offer every guarantee of good health.
For physical auctions, with the exception of the Deauville Selection Auction, the clinical examination is carried out by the Fences veterinarian on arrival at the event site.
For the Deauville Selection Auction and web auctions, the clinical examination is carried out directly by the seller’s veterinarian, who then sends us a certificate of good health.
The cost of the clinical examination is the responsibility of the seller and must be paid directly to the veterinarian.
3. PIROPLASMOSIS RESULTS
Piroplasmosis testing is compulsory for Performers auctions. It is also strongly recommended for horses aged 2 to 4. If a test has been carried out, the result appears in the veterinary file.
The cost of the piroplasmosis test is payable by the seller directly to the laboratory. As a partner of Agence Fences, the Labéo laboratory offers you a 10% discount on all tests carried out by them.
For more information, see the full veterinary protocols and health certificates below.
GOOD HEALTH CERTIFICATES
All veterinary information made public is excluded from the Fences guarantee.