How to Check a Horse's Heart Rate. Check heart rate to evaluate your horse's physical condition. An increase in heart rate can be associated with pain, dehydration, fever and other problems.
Things You'll Need
- Watches With Second Hands
- Local Horse Magazines
- National Horse Magazines
- Horse Comb/brush Set
Place a stethoscope against your horse's chest, behind the elbow (the topmost joint in your horse's foreleg).
Listen until you hear a strong, steady heartbeat.
Grab a stopwatch or a watch with a second hand.
Count the number of heartbeats you hear for 15 seconds.
Multiply that number by 4 to obtain the horse's heartbeats per minute.
Know that a normal resting heart rate for an adult horse is about 30 to 40 heartbeats per minute.
Contact your veterinarian if you determine a problem.