Performance is tied to soundness. Knowing this we strive to identify all defects which might impair performance at the earliest possible stage. During the preparatory training in the run-up to the auction, which is also a soundness performance testing, horses displaying any defects are discarded.
4- to 7-year-old Auction Horses
To be actually put to auction all four- to seven-year-old horses must pass three clinical examinations, performance and soundness testing, as well as the routine training checks, with the last clinical examination taking place just before the auction
3-year-old Auction Horses
The three-year-old horses undergo clinical examination upon selection for auction as well as during the short preparatory phase according to a separate clinical examination certificate.
Admission only with positive assessment
In the event of an unfavourable health and soundness examination, the horse in question will not be accepted for auction.
However, questions as to health and soundness tend to offer a wide range of interpretation. Our examinations are carried out in accordance with the most recent scientific findings and evaluation is based on intensive clinical and radiological examinations combined with years of experience in top level competition.
The required x-rays (always left and right) include:
- • front hooves left and right 90° centered on the coffin joint
- front digit left and right (90°) centered on the fetlock joint
- overview picture hind digit left and right (90°)
- tarsal/ hock joint left and right (0°, 45° and 115°)
- stifle joint left and right 110° and 180°)
- Oxspring left and right, viewing of the fetlock joint space
- only the riding horses: 3 x-rays of the spine (thoracic spine and
- lumbar spine, if possible showing vertebrae)
- in the equine surgeons’ Clinical Examination Certificate
The slightest suspicion will trigger additional x-rays to be taken
to facilitate interpretation.
Since the horses have to undergo regular vet checks during the entire preparatory training, any defects arising from training-associated physical strain can be detected right away. A final veterinary examination is carried out just before the auction in order to guarantee only horses with a clean bill of health will enter the auction ring.