Taking Vital Signs
Temperature, pulse, and respiration (TPR)–are the absolute basics every horse owner or caretaker should know if they want to take the best care of their animals. These three vital signs are just the bare bones of a physical examination, but they can greatly help you–and your veterinarian–when you think your horse might be sick. Just knowing these three values for your horse can give your veterinarian great insight as to just how sick or injured your horse could be.

For example, say this morning while feeding you found a boarder’s horse standing in a small puddle of blood in the pasture. The blood evidently came from a wound near the pastern. The horse is acting tire

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