If you know what a healthy horse looks like, you can immediately tell when something is wrong. Horses are in good health when they have these characteristics:

  • Normal temperature (99.5 to 101.4 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Moist, pink gums

  • Plentiful gut sounds

  • Solid, round manure

  • Healthy appetite

  • Normal pulse (26 to 44 beats per minute at rest)

  • Normal respiration (8 to 16 breaths per minute at rest)

  • Relaxed attitude

  • Bright eyes

  • Shiny coat

  • Right weight (not fat, not thin)