Vital Signs & Physical Exam

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Fall Wellness Exam for Horses

November 01, 2010

Fall is a great time of year to have your veterinarian perform a wellness check on your horse, including but not limited to a physical exam, an oral exam, vaccinations, and/or a lameness exam.... Read More

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Waiting for the Veterinarian

September 01, 2010

Unless a horse develops an injury or other condition with a veterinarian present, the chances of its receiving immediate veterinary care are slim. That's why it's important an owner knows how to help his or her injured horse until the veterinarian... Read More

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Checking the Vitals: Is My Horse Sick? How Sick?

August 24, 2010

Being familiar with your horse's normal resting temperature, pulse, and respiration rates (TPR) help you recognize when things are abnormal. The TPR vitals help you determine "how abnormal." Remember, vitals taken after the horse has been worked... Read More

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Checking the Vitals: The Lungs

August 07, 2010

Because can't tell a horse to "take a deep breath," listening to his lungs requires the following techniques.... Read More

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Checking the Vitals: Heart Function and Sound

July 29, 2010

The function of the heart is purely as a magnificent pump. It fills and empties thousands of times a day. There are four chambers, when divided into two sides, ad the left and right side each performs its functions to transport blood to the cells of ... Read More

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Reward Offered in Texas Horse Shooting Case

July 26, 2010

A Flour Bluff, Texas, woman hopes the offer of a $4,000 cash reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for shooting her 16-year-old Quarter Horse while he grazed in his pasture.... Read More

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Feeding the Starved Horse

June 01, 2010

When dealing with a starved horse, how should you feed him? How much, how often, and what type of feed will bring the horse back to good health without causing more problems? The starved horse is in a most delicate health predicament... Read More

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Equine First Aid: Knowing Normal from Abnormal (Book Excerpt)

April 07, 2010

For horse owners and others who care for horses, recognizing the differences between what is normal and what is abnormal about them forms the basic foundation for good animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Using your powers of observation c... Read More

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Normal Vital Signs in Your Horse

February 01, 2010

Pull out the thermometer and stethoscope to check your horse's temperature, pulse (heart rate), and respiration (TPR) as part of your horse's routine care. Normal ranges of basic health parameters vary among horses.... Read More

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Vital Signs: Readers Share Their Knowledge

October 18, 2009

More than 800 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you know how to check your horse's vital signs?"... Read More

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Emergency Foal CPR

February 12, 2009

Performing the “A-B-C-Ds” of resuscitation might help save your foal’s life while waiting for the vet.... Read More

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Emergency Foal CPR

February 01, 2009

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the restoration of spontaneous circulation and breathing and is used in cases of cardiopulmonary arrest, defined as sudden cessation of spontaneous and effective respiration and heartbeat. This most often... Read More

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Examining the Equine Eye

March 24, 2008

The best equine test for vision is the "dazzle reflex," a sensitive test for retinal function. An observer watches to see if the horse squints in response to shining a bright light into the injured eye.... Read More

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Annual Wellness Exam

March 01, 2008

Wellness care can result in a healthier life for the horse at a more manageable cost for the owner.... Read More

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Evaluating the digital pulse

January 01, 2008

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Knowing 'Normal' Can Help Horse Owners Spot Trouble

November 19, 2007

Horse owners have a better chance of detecting disease and stress in a horse if they are familiar with the normal behavior and physiological parameters of their animal.

Familiarity with what constitutes "normal" for a horse allows equine... Read More

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Vital Signs (Book Excerpt)

September 13, 2006

The physical examination should assess any changes in the horse's demeanor, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, body temperature, evidence of shock, and hydration status.... Read More

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Spring and Fall Wellness Exams Help Keep Horses Healthy

May 15, 2006

Many horse health crises can be prevented with wellness exams, vaccinations, and year-round parasite control. ... Read More

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Exercise Exhaustion (Book Excerpt)

April 19, 2006

Many exercise-induced problems could be avoided by applying common sense limits to performance stresses. If you plan to compete at eventing and endurance riding, make sure both you and your horse are appropriately prepared.... Read More

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First Aid for Horses: Knowing Normal from Abnormal

February 15, 2006

For horse owners and others who care for horses, recognizing the differences between what is normal and what is abnormal about them forms the basic foundation for good animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Using your powers of observation can be ... Read More

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Vital Signs

February 16, 2005

To establish a baseline set of measurements when the horse is healthy, do your "hands-off" observations first. Then after watching the horse, measure its heart and respiratory rates.... Read More

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The Depressed Foal

March 17, 2004

The most common reasons a foal might become depressed, Franklin said, include infection, poor nutrition, acidosis (unusually acidic blood from diarrhea), lameness (multiple lamenesses can often depress a foal... Read More

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Fever of Unknown Origin in the Foal

March 11, 2004

"Take an organized approach to elucidate causes of fever of unknown origin in the foal," said Robert Franklin, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, during the Western Veterinary Conference held February... Read More

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Foal Care From Birth to 30 Days (AAEP 2003)

January 31, 2004

Foal care from the first few hours of life to one month can be critical in the overall health and welfare of the newborn foal.... Read More