Horse health check: 6) Heart rate

The normal heart rate AT REST for your horse is 28-44 beats per minute. Just as with the human heart, it will increase during exercise. A vet uses a stethoscope just behind the girth area to listen to the pulse, and you can train yourself to do this. However, an easier alternative is to find it manually with your fingers under your horse’s jaw where the lingual artery crosses the bone. If you feel around enough in this area, you will find it!

It is well worth knowing your horse’s resting pulse rate so that you can know when it is raised. A raised heart-rate at any point outside of exercise, can indicate pain or discomfort. Another very useful piece of information to have is how quickly your horse’s heart rate returns to normal after exercise. This measurement can help you to assess fitness. The faster your horse’s heart rate returns to normal after exercise, the fitter he is.

The post Horse health check: 6) Heart rate appeared first on HQ Magazine.

Horse health check: 6) Heart rate

Leave a Reply

horse hoof farrier file
Health

AskHQ: Thrush

Q: What exactly is thrush? A: Thrush is a bacterial infection that commonly affects the frog. It is often associated with wet and dirty bedding, poor hoof management, inadequate trimming, or shoeing with pads that have trapped dirt and moisture. Thrush is commonly noticed due to the unpleasant odour it

Read More »
Health

AskHQ: Flu vaccine

Q: If vaccines work, why do vaccinated horses still contract flu? A: Vaccines don’t stop infection entirely, but they increase your horse’s immunity to the infection. This means that the vaccine helps to reduce the severity of the disease and the clinical signs your horse will show. They also minimise

Read More »
Health

Horse health check: 11) The legs

Every owner should know their horse’s legs. Every day before and after you ride you should palpate the legs from top to toe, to find any changes from previous examinations. Old injuries are unlikely to cause any issues, but if you know they are there, it can save you investigating

Read More »