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It’s always good to know your horse’s normal vital sign information and also the vitals that you need to be aware of. I wish I knew this a month ago when my son’s horse tried to hang himself. He stuck his head through the top slat of the round pen and slipped and couldn’t get up. He is about 33 years old and very clumsy! I would have been able to asses the situation better than I was. Here is all the information that you need to keep track of your horses vitals.
- At a rest 30-40 beats per minute
- Higher than 60 beats per minute at a rest.
- If the pulse is weak or irregular
- 60-20 breath per minute
- Also depends on the size of the horse.
- Horses nose flares when it is breathing
- Foam in the nose
- Short breaths
- Large movements of the ribs with each breath
- 99.5 degrees – 101 degrees
- A higher temperature than 104 degrees
- Cold spots
- Sweaty spots
Hydration and Capillary Refill Time
- 2 seconds or less
- Refill time is more than 3 seconds
- Dark red, yellow, brown, or blue gums or nostrils