By Audrey Pavia
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2. Calculate the number. Multiply the number of breaths by four. The resulting amount is the number of breaths per minute. Take your horse’s respiration rate when she’s healthy so that you have a baseline reading to compare with when your horse is under the weather. Figure 2-5: Count the number of times your horse’s flanks move to determine the respiration rate. Chapter 2: Sizing Up a Healthy Horse A relaxed attitude When a horse is feeling well, she tends to have a relaxed attitude when she’s at rest.
Is his nose free from thick, white, yellow, or green discharge? If you can say yes to all these questions, the horse has passed the first, most cursory health test. If you say no to even one of these questions, call your vet right away (see the next section for details). Getting a vet check The best way to determine whether a horse you’re planning to add to the family is healthy is to hire a veterinarian to do a thorough pre-purchase exam. During a pre-purchase exam, or vet check, an equine veterinarian takes a close look at the horse to determine whether the animal is healthy.
The good news is that many of these diseases have vaccines (we talk about vaccinating your horse in detail in Chapter 4). First aid For some reason, horses seem prone to injury, which is why it’s important for all horse owners to know basic first aid. Keeping a first-aid kit around is a must if you want to be ready to handle whatever injury your horse may incur. Your first-aid kits should include the following items: ߜ Antibiotic ointment ߜ Antiseptic cleanser ߜ Bandages ߜ Cotton sheets or quilted wraps ߜ Duct tape ߜ Flexible bandages ߜ Gauze pads ߜ Hand sanitizer ߜ Latex gloves ߜ Lubricant ߜ Pocket knife ߜ Rectal thermometer 15 16 Part I: Honing Basic Horse Care Skills ߜ Rubbing alcohol ߜ Scissors ߜ Tweezers ߜ Wound medication Chapter 13 provides information on how and when to use each of these items.