Your Horse's Heart Rate

The pulse rate of an adult horse or pony at rest is 36-42 beats per minute (bpm). The smaller the animal, the faster the heart rate.

Young horses and ponies also have different pulse rates. On average they are:-
Foals (70-120 bpm), Yearlings (45-60 bpm), 2yr. olds (40-50 bpm).

The horse's or pony's pulse rate will increase if he is excited or nervous, in pain, during / after exercise, or has a disease. In general, the higher the heart rate the more severe the condition.

The horse's pulse can be found by pressing the major artery which runs under the front of the left jawbone. This artery sticks out slightly from the surrounding tissue. Use your forefinger to press the artery firmly so you can feel the pulse. Never be tempted to use your thumb as this will result in you feeling your own pulse and not that of the horse or pony. Use a watch to time a 15 second period. Multiply the number of beats you counted by 4 to give you the beats per minute