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Your Horse's Signs of Health: Part 2

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

It’s essential every horse owner knows their horse’s normal, healthy resting temperature, heart rate and respiration (breathing) rate, so they can respond quickly in an emergency. 

Last month, Dr Rachel O’Higgins explained the normal vital signs, so you can be familiar with your own horse. This month, she delves into horse emergencies and how you should respond to ensure the best outcome.


When you encounter a condition that requires veterinary care, the most important thing is to remain calm. 

Assess your horse’s condition to the best of your ability. If possible, take your horse’s vital signs, and be prepared to answer your veterinarian’s questions about your horse and their behaviour.