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How to Know What Is Normal for a Horse

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  1. Check the heart rate.This can be checked by placing the hand under the left elbow. Count the beats for 10 seconds then multiply the beats by 6. That will tell you the heart rate per minute. A normal heart rate is 35-40 beats per minute.
  2. Check the temperature.A normal temperature is approximately 100.5 F (38 C). If it gets over 102 F (39 C), it can indicate that the horse has an infection.
  3. Watch carefully if your horse is laying down.This can be normal, but make sure it is not rolling around in abnormal ways, nipping his/her side or biting his/her side. A horse lying down for a long time may be ill, but ponies lie longer than horses.
  4. Remember that it is not uncommon for a horse to get colic.If a horse eats freshly mowed grass, it can get colic. If you suspect this, make sure this is treated right away.
    • A runny nose can be due to allergies or just sweat.
    • A healthy horse should take between 8-12 breaths per minute and its pulse should be between 36 and 42 beats per minute.

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    Are horses supposed to lie down?
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    Yes, it's normal for them to do so.
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    My horse has a runny nose all the time. How can I tell if he has allergies?
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    If you're worried about your horse having allergies, you should take him to a vet. They are medical professionals and will know if his runny nose is abnormal or not. If it turns out your horse does have allergies, they can prescribe a medicine that will help reduce the symptoms.
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    How do you check a horse's temperature?
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    You will have to check the temperature rectally, but make sure to only insert the thermometer until the tip is covered.
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    I think my horse is developing dementia. How can I know for sure and is there anything I can give him to help him?
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    Your local vet should be able to check your horse and give you a care plan if needed.
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    Is it normal for a horse to lay down in the snow with its head in snow?
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    Yes. The horse is probably playing. However, there may be something irritating the horse's face so you can check on that to be sure.
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    I am a new pony owner. I have one, and one on loan for company. Both were lying down sleeping last night. Does this mean they feel secure enough without one keeping watch?
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    If both ponies are lying down and sleeping together, that usually means they feel safe and secure in both their paddock and together.
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    When a horse is rolling around, what's one way to tell if she has colic?
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    Signs may be not shaking when she stands or kicking at her stomach.
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  • Remember to observe your horse daily. If he/she is energetic all the time, and then suddenly is not, chances are your horse is sick.
  • A way to know when your horse is rolling always remember the old cowboys saying that if after they roll they stand up and shake all the dust off.. most likely if they roll and don't shake off dust and they lower their heads or turn around and look or bite at their stomachs they ARE colicky and your vet should be contacted and you should keep the horse on its feet and walking around.
  • Always check to see if tack is fitted properly. If your tack is ill fitting, it can often cause discomfort and injuries.
  • Feel your horses legs to see if they are warm. If they are, there may be swelling, or something else hurting your horse going on.
  • If a horse hurts its leg and it is swelling, you can then soak it in Epsom salts. Then wrap it and contact a vet.
  • Obviously any part of the horse that does not look like it should be that way means that there is a problem.
    • Example - Runny nose, Large cuts, odd joint angles, abnormal mental behavior, weak and shivering.

Warnings

  • A sore horse is most likely not too keen on you touching her. Be aware for any sign of resistance.
  • Watch out for flinching in the back. That means a horse has a sore back. If you keep touching it, the horse may kick you.





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