Vital Signs & Physical Exam


Physical Therapy for Stifle Problems in Horses (AAEP 2011)

February 06, 2012

A physical therapy program is owner- and horse-intensive in terms of time and energy for successful outcomes.... Read More


Horse Physiology Knowledge Helps Protect Animal Health

December 23, 2011

Owners have a better chance of detecting disease and stress in a horse if they're familiar with what's normal.... Read More


Estimating Horse Weight Accurately

September 15, 2011

Researchers examined the other three weigh estimation methods and found one stood out as more accurate.... Read More


Normal Horse Vitals Signs and Health Indicators

September 09, 2011

Learn about normal horse resting temperature, heart and respiration rates, and indications of good health.... Read More


Normal Horse Temperature, Heart Rate, Breathing Rate

August 22, 2011

Quick reference guide on normal temperature, heart rate, and breathing rate in horses.... Read More


Colic in Horses: When is Surgery Necessary?

August 16, 2011

What factors do veterinarians look for when deciding whether to refer a horse to a hospital for colic surgery?... Read More


NJDA Emphasizes Horse Health Regulations

August 01, 2011

The NJDA is strongly reminding horse owners of longstanding state regulations adopted to protect horse health.... Read More

Hosing your horse off with cold water is a good way to help them stay cool in the hot summer months.


Hot Weather Calls for Cool Care of Your Horse

July 31, 2011

For riding enthusiasts, summertime necessitates paying extra attention to your horse's physical needs.... Read More


NRHA Moves Ahead with Medications Rule

July 20, 2011

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Board of Directors recently voted to approve an Animal Welfare ... Read More


Conditioning Through the Seasons: Spring and Summer

April 25, 2011

How your horse's body adapts to exercising and how he acclimates to spring and summer weather conditions. ... Read More


Thermographic Eye Thermometers for Horses

April 08, 2011

A horse's body temperature can indicate everything from an internal ailment (such as colic) to an infectious disease to hypothermia. Or it can simply confirm that a horse is healthy and ready for action. While most owners and veterinarians step to ... Read More


LSU Vet School Aquires New Patient Monitoring System

January 16, 2011

The Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Teaching Hospital recently acquired a high-tech patient monitoring system to assure that anesthetized patients wake up healthy from surgery or an MRI procedure.... Read More


Chronic Equine Weight Loss

January 01, 2011

A methodical evaluation of affected horses is more important than the lengthy list of possible diagnoses.... Read More


The Fight to Conquer Equine Laminitis

January 01, 2011

Teams of veterinarians and farriers from around the country gathered at the fifth International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot to discuss the most cutting-edge information available for the fight to conquer laminitis.... Read More


How to Take Your Horse's Vital Signs

November 23, 2010

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UC Davis Equine Preventive Care Program Provides Exams, Vaccines, and More

November 03, 2010

The veterinarians of the UC Davis' William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital want to help clients protect their horses from health risks, despite the economy, so they've developed a a discounted "package" of preventive care services.... Read More


Waiting for the Veterinarian

September 01, 2010

Tips on how to help your sick or injured horse until the veterinarian arrives. ... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Vital Signs: Readers Share Their Knowledge

October 18, 2009

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