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Horse Health Check

The Horse Health Check or Daily Horse Health Check is a physical examination used to help you monitor your horse, know your horses ‘normal’ and notice changes that might be of concern. The most important parts of the Health Check are as follows: attitude, appetite and water consumption, manure/urination, ears/eyes/nose, skin/mane/tail, heat/pain/swelling, TPR (temperature, heart and respiration rate), gut sounds, skin pinch, mucous membranes, capillary refill/jugular refill and trot-out.

I believe this is an important action point as it helps you to better know your horse, their normal values and rates, and when to be concerned if their is a problem. A a horse owner/or stable manager I think this is important to know for every horse in your care. It will help you relay information better to your horses medical team and ensure problems are noticed in a timely manner and can avoid further sickness/injury.