Rodeo Famous

Rodeo Famous /// Hillary Tryan with husband Travis Tryan and their two girls

Know your horse’s vital signs.
Traveling with horses like we do can be stressful on horses, and sometimes it takes it’s toll on them. Knowing your horses normal vital signs can help you recognize if your horse gets sick or stressed. This way you can address their needs as soon as possible.
1.) temperature: normal temperature for a horse is 99-101 degrees. Buy a cheap digital thermometer at Walmart and insert under tail. Aim high to avoid poop.
2.) pulse: a normal pulse is 28-44 beats per minute. If you have a stethoscope- great! Place behind left elbow (armpit) and count. If not- put your hand there and feel their heartbeat. Or, lightly touch their facial artery under the lowest part of the jawbone. A rapid pulse can indicate pain or stress, a slow pulse may indicate shock.
3.) respiratory: normal is 10-24 breaths per minute.
4.) gum color: the gums should be pale pink and moist. If they are dry or white or purple these signs can indicate poor blood flow and dehydration.
If any of these vital signs are too high or too low, let your vet know ASAP.
Sources: Mandy Holland, DVM,