Guidelines for Performing a Vet Check on Your Horse
 
Parameter Green Yellow Red
Eyes bright, clear glassy fixed stare,
sunken eyeball
Mucous Membranes pink, moist pale, tacky dry, purple, blue
Capillary Refill 0 - 1 seconds 2 - 3 seconds 4+ seconds
Jugular Refill 1 - 2 seconds 2 - 3 seconds 4+ seconds
Skin Pinch 0 - 1.5 seconds 2 - 3 seconds 4+ seconds
Heart Rate <68 in 10 minutes 68 in 10 - 30 minutes >68 in 30 minutes
(after strenuous exercise)
Gut Sounds normal reduced / increased absent
Respiratory Rate relaxed, regular panting / inversion laboured / abnormal
Joint / Legs no heat or swelling heat, swelling pain, heat, swelling
Wounds Saddle/Girth no visible marks heat, swelling, tender pain, raw, bleeding
Muscles Back relaxed tight, tender very tight, pain
Anal Tone tight slightly loose loose
Rectal Temperature <38.6 C pre-ride 39.5 C - 40.5 C >40.5 C
<39.6 C during ride during ride
Impulsion free, willing stumble, short stride stiffness
Attitude bright, eats, drinks depressed, lethargic dull, not interested,
absence of
thirst / appetite
urination / defication