What are the normal vital signs for an adult horse?
Pulse/Heart Rate 32-44 beats per minute
Respiratory Rate 8-16 breathes per minute at rest
Capillary Refill Time Less than 2 seconds
Mucous Membranes Pale pink
What should I pay attention to when taking care of my horse?
Regular breathing/perspiration rate
Resting and sleeping behavior
Weight loss or loss of conditioning
Weight gain or decrease in activity
Change in hair coat not due to season.
Changes in manure, urine spots, bedding, feed bucket, or quantity of hay eaten.
Water supply container full or empty
Ask your veterinarian to show you how to properly measure your horse’s rectal temperature, pulse rate, and respiratory rate, capillary refill time, and mucous membranes. In the event of an illness or emergency situation, this information along with your daily observations will enable you to give your veterinarian a more complete medical history.