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post #1 of 4 Old 11-03-2010, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question a few questions!

I am very good at noticing something strange in my horse, but half the time i'm unable to tell what excatly this strange thing is, or if it's even strange for that matter. But heres what i've got questions about:

I've heard that a horses stomach should not be completely silent, as noise means that food is being digested normally ( correct me if i'm wrong), but is there a point where too much sound means something unusal or harmful?

Can a horse's legs be too cold ?

Whats abnormal heat and whats just normal temperature for a horses legs? And a horse's hoof?

Any answers to these questions, or any other comments would be greatly appretiated!
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-03-2010, 09:28 PM
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Generally speaking there are always gut noises, but that doesn't mean 24/7 -- in between there are quiet times.

Of course a horse's legs can be too cold -- so can yours, but it's highly improbable. Unless there is a health issue, in which case there would other symptoms as well.

I have never even attempted to measure the temperature of a horse's legs or hooves. If I don't know the horse, I will run my hands over the whole horse looking for "hot" spots. Generally, I find a horse is warmer than I am, but standing in sun or shade can affect that greatly especially on very dark or very light coloured horses. For hooves, you can often pick out a potential problem by comparing one to the other three. But if there is something in all four -- well... but again, likely in that kind of scenario that there would be other signs.

For your own horse, the best method is to measure your horses heart and breathing rates over several days to establish a baseline. Then if something is out of sorts, you have something to check against. For general "I know my horse" kind of going over, I make a point of running my hands over my horses regularly even if I don't have time to groom (plus hands will tell me things that brushes won't). I look at their eyes, general demeanour, headset, earset, body language.

Sorry I'm not very specific, but maybe this helps you a bit?
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-03-2010, 09:45 PM
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Leg and Hoof temp : Start feeling the legs and tendons and beable to regognize what is normal and how the tendons feel and the temps because you will know when its hot and that means there is an injury you just need to run your hands down the lower legs and gently squeez Hope that hepled
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-03-2010, 10:30 PM
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I can answer the leg question. Horse's can actually shut off the heat or circulation to their legs to preserve heat elsewhere in their bodies. Pretty cool stuff. My horse does it all the time in the winter. He'll have 3 warm legs and one ice cold. It's never the same leg twice. It drives me nuts, but the vet says he's just conserving his heat. I tend to underblanket since I'd rather him be a little cool than too hot, so I guess that's his way of compensating.

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