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Do you know how to check your horse's vital signs?

Yes
54%
439
No
13%
106
I think so but could use a refresher
33%
271

Total votes cast: 816

Comments & Write-in Answers

Have the normal parameters posted in your tack room!

10/12/2009 9:08:24 AM

I take temps and assess the condition of my horses by obsevation. Comparative to normal for that ind

10/12/2009 8:56:37 AM

I am a Licensed Vet Tech

10/11/2009 7:51:06 PM

We all know TPR thanks to United States Pony Club!

10/11/2009 2:28:24 PM

I'm a vet tech. I check periodically to screen for early illness.

10/10/2009 3:59:36 PM

but i probably don't practice enough! brr

10/10/2009 8:13:58 AM

YES!! I am a member of the united states pony club and we know how to do TPR backwards and forwards

10/9/2009 6:16:50 PM

i love horses. they are my passion with a very stong feeling!!:)

10/9/2009 5:46:28 PM

I have read about it and have had instruction but I would like to have current information if possib

10/9/2009 2:07:00 PM

My daughter's a vet tech, I let her do this. Off the hook!

10/9/2009 1:40:55 PM

and shame on me

10/8/2009 8:44:46 PM

first thing I do when they seem to feel poorly.

10/8/2009 8:03:46 PM

Everyone should learn how to do this; vital info. for your vet;early warn.signs of illness, allergy

10/8/2009 7:11:52 PM

As a pony clubber, I've known since I was 11. I think every horse owner should know.

10/8/2009 7:06:01 PM

Showing one how would make a great magazine article

10/8/2009 3:29:05 PM

have no equipment any longer for checking vitals.

10/8/2009 3:28:12 PM

good question!

10/8/2009 8:08:58 AM

I have to keep up on it because I rescue geriatric horses!

10/7/2009 11:58:32 PM

I knew how important this was so I made a point to quickly learn how.

10/7/2009 9:19:37 PM

As an endurance rider I am constantly monitoring vitals, in training and competition

10/7/2009 3:05:03 PM

TPR everyone should know it!

10/7/2009 2:58:25 PM

As a former vet tech this was a job requirement!

10/7/2009 2:44:29 PM

Checking the gauges is a vital tool in endurance competition.

10/7/2009 2:01:08 PM

Giving vital signs over the phone to the vet lets him know how serious th problem is.

10/7/2009 1:37:08 PM

T.P.R., it's almost a mantra...

10/7/2009 12:50:51 PM

And every horse owner should know how

10/7/2009 10:53:44 AM

Of course. I do if I suspect illness and before I call the Vet.

10/7/2009 9:34:17 AM

Every one who own a horse should know

10/7/2009 12:30:29 AM

Each horse's baselines are posted on the wall in my feed room.

10/6/2009 9:29:49 PM

done endurance so always have a stethoscope on hand & nearby.

10/6/2009 8:57:52 PM

I can do it, but I'd like to be more proficient

10/6/2009 7:57:06 PM

A MUST to be able to assess you horse and advise your vet when in an emergency situation.

10/6/2009 7:52:07 PM

This is need to know info! I was glad i knew how when my horse had a medical emergency!

10/6/2009 6:59:30 PM

When calling my vet, I always report their vitals. That can save a farm call.

10/6/2009 6:29:48 PM

I am a vet tech.

10/6/2009 6:05:11 PM

I took some equine classes at ou local college..helped me learn alot!!

10/6/2009 6:00:53 PM

It's always great to refresh and be sure you know how

10/6/2009 5:54:42 PM

It's an absolute need to know

10/6/2009 5:45:18 PM

I keep baseline information on each horse in a notebook for comparison.

10/6/2009 4:19:27 PM

Of course.

10/6/2009 4:12:28 PM

Stethoscope and thermometer go with me everywhere--trails, shows, etc.

10/6/2009 3:41:34 PM

Thanks to Competitive Trail Riding

10/6/2009 3:32:21 PM

Plus I use my hand to check flank temperatures EVERY morning and night!

10/6/2009 3:29:27 PM

Absolutely!!! Any horseowner should be able to do this quickly and efficiently!

10/6/2009 3:11:26 PM

Everyone should! It's EASY!

10/6/2009 3:10:55 PM

it's one of the first things I teach my kids in my 4-H club to do

10/6/2009 3:00:22 PM

Did a presentation on this to my 4H club

10/6/2009 2:46:05 PM

This is an absolute MUST for EVERY horse owner, or those who work with horses

10/6/2009 2:38:14 PM

Some things, yes. Some things, no.

10/6/2009 2:31:02 PM

I'm an endurance rider

10/6/2009 2:13:54 PM