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Take care of your horse

TAKING ON YOUR HORSE'S HEALTH

If you're a horse owner, or a horse caretaker, you want your equine companion to be healthy. Nothing is sadder than seeing a magnificent creature like a horse feeling seek and uncomfortable.(if you 've ever had a sick horse on your hands, you know what we mean). In order to keep your horse healthy-both mentally and physically- you need to understand what makes him/her sick.

Horses need good preventative care and good nutrition. These two aspects of horse husbandry are more important than any other. If you can get these two right, chances are you won't have to deal with too many problems.



KNOWING THE TRAITS OF HEALTHY HORSE

You want your horse to be healthy. But knowing exactly what that means is important. Healthy horses have the following characteristics:

Normal temperature: Normal horse body temperature must be between 37.5 to 38.5 °C.

Pink gums: look at the mucus of your horse's gums. The mucus of gums should be wet and pinky. Notice that white, dark red and dark blue colors, indicate abnormality.

Gut sounds: A horse's gut sounds are audible from caudal part of the stomach.

Normal stool: your horse's stool should be spherical and formed, not watery or dry

Normal appetite: monitor your horse during feeding. It should eat eagerly.

Normal pulse: put your finger under the horse neck during rest and count heart rate. Normal heart rate in horses is 26-44 beats per minute.

Normal respiration: It should be between8-16 per minute

Relaxed attitude: your horse should be calm and comfort at natural conditions, not anxious and nervous.

Bright eyes: the horse eyes should be clear, bright and open, without any redness, swelling or exceed tearing.

Shiny skin: The horse skin should be clear and shiny at spring and summer

Right weight: your horse should have a good weight. Neither been obese nor thin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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