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Piedmont Equine Mobile Veterinary Services

Being able to provide your vet with the horses heart rate during times of illness is a valuable piece of information about the status and urgency of attention. The pulse can be taken by listening with a stethoscope placed firmly behind the left elbow and once the heart beat is heard you can count the number of beats (lub – dub equals One beat) over a timed 15 second period then multiply X 4 for a pulse. normal should be in the 36 to 44 beats per minute range. practice when your horse is healthy to establish a baseline for each horse. if you need help just ask your vet on the next visit.  We are glad to teach.