A healthy horse is a happy one. It’s your responsibility to ensure your horse is living their best life both physically and mentally. Are their needs being met? Your horse depends on you for their care. On top of their daily needs, you’ll need to enlist the help of professionals like equine veterinarians and farriers. It’s not always easy taking care of horses, but it’s part of ownership. Make sure you can recognize a healthy vs unhealthy horse.
Signs of a Healthy Horse
- A shiny coat. Nutrition and parasite load can have a big impact on your horse’s hair.
- They have bright and fully open eyes without discharge.
- Their nostrils are free of heavy discharge. Some clear liquid isn’t usually a concern.
- All vital signs are in a normal range, including their temperature and respiration rate.
- They have a healthy appetite.
- They’re alert and aware of their surroundings.
- While riding and handling them, their behavior is pleasant. They have a good work ethic.
- Their manure is regular and in well-formed balls.
- A horse’s hooves should be in good condition without cracks.
- Their weight should be evenly distributed across all of their legs when standing square. Their legs are free of bumps, swelling, and cuts.
It’s important you learn what is normal for your horse and what is not. If something seems off, make sure to further investigate.