By Colin Vogel
From regimen methods similar to clipping, trimming, and shoeing, to extra important matters resembling grazing standards and dietary wishes, Complete Horse Care Manual is the main authoritative and obtainable booklet on horse care. With greater than 650 especially commissioned colour pictures and diagrams, Complete Horse Care Manual tells you the way to supply usual care and a focus on your horse, the right way to safeguard opposed to illnesses, and whilst to hunt expert clinical consciousness.
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43 44 GENERAL CARE KEEPING A HORSE HEALTHY It is better to prevent disease than to have to treat it once it occurs. Horses can be vaccinated against specific diseases, such as tetanus and equine influenza, but the best general disease prevention is good stable management and a sharp eye for deviations from normal health. You must get to know what is normal for your horse. Give it a mini health check once a day; then you will spot a problem if it occurs. Be extra-vigilant if your horse has been mixing with strange horses—for example, at a show—and consider isolating it from other horses when you get home, in case it has picked up an infection.
SIG HT Bifocal vision RANGE OF VISION OF LEFT EYE RANGE OF VISION OF RIGHT EYE Field of vision A horse’s eyes work independently of each other. Each covers a wide field of vision over a full semicircle. There is a small overlap in front of the face, and a “blind spot” directly behind. Never approach a horse from behind, because you will startle it. Seeing straight ahead A horse makes little use of stereoscopic vision for judging distances—for example, when jumping—so a one-eyed horse can still judge distances.
6°C). At first, ask an expert to help you take the temperature. Grease the thermometer with petroleum jelly, shake it hard, then insert it, bulb first, into the rectum, holding on to it tightly. Read the mercury level after about one minute. Pulse The normal pulse rate of a horse is 30–50 beats per minute. It takes practice to feel it. Rest the tip of your fingers on the artery that passes over the edge of the lower jaw, and count the beats. Expect the rate to be three or four times the respiratory rate, even after exercise.