Horses: Normal Parameters of Good Health

horsesThere are a number of ways that you can monitor your horses’ health, and by observation and doing some simple tests on a regular basis when your horse is quiet and relaxed in familiar surroundings, you’ll quickly become accustomed to what is ‘normal’ for your horse. You can also monitor the horse’s ‘signs’ at times of exertion and stress, noting how quickly he returns to ‘normal’ once at rest.

Carry out each test on several occasions at the same time of day, and when the horse is relaxed in its field or stable. This will give you a ‘baseline’ of normality for your horse against which you can compare his signs whenever you are concerned about his health status.

These are the tests, or observations, that you can carry out by yourself:


If your horse’s condition needs further investigation, your vet can carry out a wide range of blood tests (‘haematology’) to determine his state of wellness. These include:


Abbreviations used

g/dl         grams per decilitre
pg           picograms
g/l           grams per litre
mm/hr     millimetres per hour


Other Indicators of Good Health



SOURCE: The Complete Veterinary Equine Manual


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