Horse Vital Signs

Horse Vital Signs

Temperature- A horse's normal body temperature is 99 - 101 F.
Pulse- The normal pulse rate, most often taken by listening to the heart on the left side of the chest just behind the left elbow, is 36 to 42 beats per minute.
Young stock and ponies tend to be a bit faster.
Respiration-The normal rate for horses is between 8-12 breaths per minute.
Capillary refill time (time it takes for color to return to gum tissue adjacent to teeth after pressing and releasing with your thumb): 2 seconds