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Your Horse’s Signs of Health: Part 1

July 2017 by Dr Rachel O'Higgins, BVMS, MRCVS

It’s essential that every horse owner knows their horse’s normal, healthy resting temperature, heart rate and respiration (breathing) rate. 

As prey animals, horses can be very good at hiding signs of illness to avoid attracting unwanted attention, so checking your horse’s vital signs regularly will allow you to know what is normal and can help you to spot early on when something is wrong. 

If your horse becomes ill or injured, it can be helpful to quickly take their vital signs before calling your veterinarian to get a better idea of how ill your horse might be, and ensure accurate and prompt treatment, if required.