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The Daily Health Check

Learning how to recognise when your horse is not feeling well is an important skill to develop. Just like in humans, signs of illness can include things like loss of appetite, lethargy or tiredness, fever, nasal discharge, diarrhoea or constipation.

If you know your horse well, you will probably be able to notice when something is not quite right. A sick horse may stand towards the back of its stall, with its head down and ears not erect. It may appear depressed and not respond as quickly or as enthusiastically to your voice or other stimuli. Some horses may refuse their grain but may continue to pick at their ration of hay. If kept with other horses, a sick horse often separates itself and travels well behind the others, or fails to follow at all.

Read on for more information about the simple things you can do as part of a daily health check for your horse including:

  • Physical examination
  • ‘TPR’ (Temperature, Pulse and Respiration)