The Basic Physical Examination
You have owned your horse for one year now, and it has been smooth sailing up until today. No episodes of colic, no mornings of being off feed, only some minor scrapes from romps in the paddock. Today, however, is a different story, and your horse obviously is not well. You call your veterinarian, but you can give him no clues as to the severity of the illness, only saying, “He’s depressed and not eating.” Your veterinarian asks what the horse’s temperature is, but you don’t even own a thermometer…

This scenario is all too familiar for a veterinarian. Some horse owners have no knowledge of how to perform the most basic examinations on their animals. Owning a horse is a wonderful e

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