Vital Signs: Readers Share Their Knowledge

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


results of poll on pain and anti inflammatory treatment

Results were as follows: 

  • Yes 53.80% (439)
  • I think so but could use a refresher 33.21% (271)
  • No 12.99% (106)

Readers shared their response in the comments below.

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  • Have the normal parameters posted in your tack room!
  • I take temps and assess the condition of my horses by obsevation. Comparative to normal for that ind
  • I am a Licensed Vet Tech
  • We all know TPR thanks to United States Pony Club!
  • I'm a vet tech. I check periodically to screen for early illness.
  • but i probably don't practice enough! brr
  • YES!! I am a member of the united states pony club and we know how to do TPR backwards and forwards
  • i love horses. they are my passion with a very stong feeling!!:)
  • I have read about it and have had instruction but I would like to have current information if possib
  • My daughter's a vet tech, I let her do this. Off the hook!
  • and shame on me
  • first thing I do when they seem to feel poorly.
  • Everyone should learn how to do this; vital info. for your vet;early warn.signs of illness, allergy
  • As a pony clubber, I've known since I was 11. I think every horse owner should know.
  • Showing one how would make a great magazine article
  • have no equipment any longer for checking vitals.
  • good question!
  • I have to keep up on it because I rescue geriatric horses!
  • I knew how important this was so I made a point to quickly learn how.
  • As an endurance rider I am constantly monitoring vitals, in training and competition
  • TPR everyone should know it!
  • As a former vet tech this was a job requirement!
  • Checking the gauges is a vital tool in endurance competition.
  • Giving vital signs over the phone to the vet lets him know how serious th problem is.
  • T.P.R., it's almost a mantra...
  • And every horse owner should know how
  • Of course. I do if I suspect illness and before I call the Vet.
  • Every one who own a horse should know
  • Each horse's baselines are posted on the wall in my feed room.
  • done endurance so always have a stethoscope on hand & nearby.
  • I can do it, but I'd like to be more proficient
  • A MUST to be able to assess you horse and advise your vet when in an emergency situation.
  • This is need to know info! I was glad i knew how when my horse had a medical emergency!
  • When calling my vet, I always report their vitals. That can save a farm call.
  • I am a vet tech.
  • I took some equine classes at ou local college..helped me learn alot!!
  • It's always great to refresh and be sure you know how
  • It's an absolute need to know
  • I keep baseline information on each horse in a notebook for comparison.
  • Of course.
  • Stethoscope and thermometer go with me everywhere--trails, shows, etc.
  • Thanks to Competitive Trail Riding
  • Plus I use my hand to check flank temperatures EVERY morning and night!
  • Absolutely!!! Any horseowner should be able to do this quickly and efficiently!
  • Everyone should! It's EASY!
  • it's one of the first things I teach my kids in my 4-H club to do
  • Did a presentation on this to my 4H club
  • This is an absolute MUST for EVERY horse owner, or those who work with horses
  • Some things, yes. Some things, no.
  • I'm an endurance rider

About the Author

Megan Arszman

Megan Arszman received a Bachelor of Science In print journalism and equine science from Murray State University in Murray, Ky., and loves combining her love of horses, photography, and writing. In her “free time,” when she’s not busy working as a horse show secretary or riding her American Quarter Horses on her parents’ Indiana farm, she’s training and competing her Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Swedish Vallhund in dog agility and running.

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