Inspection Test Procedures
What happens at an Inspection?
Mares and Stallions are “inspected” while Geldings and Shagya Sporthorses are “evaluated.” The inspection consists of multiple, mandatory phases. These include: Submission of SCID and DNA results; Veterinary exam; In-hand and At liberty presentation; Under saddle (rideability); Interior test; and Free jump. Additionally, open competition requirements in one of several disciplines must be completed and documented.
For Mares and Stallions, successful completion of these requirements results in PShR Licensing and placement in the PShR Studbooks per their performance and pedigree.
For Geldings and Shagya Sporthorses, evaluation includes the choice of one or all of the following performance tests: in-hand and at liberty presentation, under saddle (rideability), interior test, and free jump. Successful completion of these tests results in certification. Each of these components will be explained below.
The inspection takes place over the course of several days, depending on the number of horses to be inspected and what phases will be participated in by each horse and his owner/handler. The phases can be completed in any order, the list below is just an example.
Participants can complete any phases of the inspection they want, it is not necessary to complete all phases at one time. For example, if a horse is too young to be ridden or not yet trained in jumping, these phases can be completed at a later date. One of the simplest tests to prepare for and complete is the Interior Test, which makes it a good place to start.
The PShR accepts any ISG inspection scores for the In-Hand phase that may be have been previously completed. In this case, the horse would only need to complete the performance tests.
All mares and stallions seeking licensing and breeding approval must stand for examination by the licensed Veterinarian at the inspection site. Geldings and Shagya Sporthorses stand as well for documentation. The horse should be clean and well presented for the examination. The handler should be dressed in conservative sports attire. The horse’s height, girth and cannon bone will be measured; the pulse and respiration will be taken; the eyes, mouth, teeth and jaw, legs and hooves will be examined. The purpose of the exam is to look for anomalies, heart defects, existing faults of teeth or testicles, deficiencies or other conditions indicating genetic predisposition. The exam also will include, but is not limited to, a flexion test and trot out on a hard surface. The horse should willingly cooperate with the examination protocol.