Equine Vital Signs

Equine Vital Signs Chart

Use this Equine Vital Signs chart to record your horse’s health information and establish a baseline for normal health data. Vital signs provide essential data for determining the severity of illnesses, injuries or emergencies. They also help you communicate quickly and efficiently with your equine health care professionals.

Baseline (historical) information is very useful during those times when your horse isn’t feeling very well. You may notice a lack of energy, or a decline in food consumption. Taking vital signs and providing an early intervention can be a life saver! This downloadable equine vital signs chart is in PDF format with entry fields for convenient, digital record keeping. Print this file and laminate it for repeated use or save each completed file digitally.

Know about Equine Vital Signs:

“Everybody who owns, rides or handles horses should know their horse’s vital signs. These simple checks will help tell if your horse is healthy or if you will have to call the vet. By being able to tell your veterinarian these simple but crucial parameters during an emergency (often when you have to give information over the phone), you will get more accurate and appropriate treatment for your horse.” By Team HYGAIN, May 3, 2019, https://www.hygain.com.au/know-horses-vital-signs/ accessed 9-12-2020.

Record your horse’s vital signs regularly. Keep these records with your horse’s medical information file along with notes on your horse’s behavior and general condition. Establish an Equine Vital Signs baseline for every horse in your barn. Whether you own them or not, baseline vital signs build an important profile for normal health and individual fluctuations. Your horses and your clients will appreciate your efforts!

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