How to Take Your Horse's Respiration Rate

This one can be tricky, depending on your situation and your horse.

Step 1: Find a quiet, low-traffic area where your horse won't get distracted or excited.

Quiet horse, quiet barn.

Step 2: Stand at the horse's shoulder, facing the rear.

Step 3: Watch the horse's flank rise and fall as he breathes to learn to identify his breaths.  If he's looking around or excited, it might be hard to identify.
I usually try to look at the region where the blue circle is.

Step 4: When you're confident that you can count his breaths accurately, start your timer for 30 seconds.  Double that number for the breaths per minute measurement, and record it.

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5 comments:

  1. definitely gonna give it a shot!

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  2. A few other tricks.. you can also watch the outside of their nostrils for a little flutter as they breath in and out. Or if you have a stethoscope, put it over the trachea (bottom of the neck about halfway down) and you can hear breath coming in and out.


    I personally count pulse and respiration for 15 seconds and multiply by four, but that's mostly because most owners are trying to talk to me before 30 seconds is up. =-)

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  3. I put my hand under his nostrils and count the exhales for fifteen seconds, then multiply by four.

    I thought most horses didn't have much flank movement when they breathe. That is what my vet told me, since my horse is abnormal. I can tell if my horse is having respiratory problems by watching his flank.

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    1. I learned nostrils as well as flank, but that nostrils could be unreliable because they could flutter them and be difficult to read. I should have put both in there though. Thanks!

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    2. I learned nostrils as well as flank, but that nostrils could be unreliable because they could flutter them and be difficult to read. I should have put both in there though. Thanks!

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