It’s the hard­est-work­ing part of your horse’s body, so you need to know what makes it tick

It’s the hard­est work­ing part of your horse’s body, yet the one you prob­a­bly give the least thought to. Equine vet Kees­jan Cor­nelisse reveals all you need to know about your horse’s ticker to help keep him strong and healthy

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YOU CHECK HIS feet daily, mon­i­tor his weight weekly and have his teeth checked ev­ery six months, but how of­ten do you con­sider the health of your horse’s heart? This or­gan is one of the hard­est-work­ing parts of your horse’s body, and it never has a day off. On av­er­age, a horse’s heart pumps 40 litres of blood around his body ev­ery 60 sec­onds (in­creas­ing to be­tween 200 and 280 litres when he’s ex­er­cis­ing at full ca­pac­ity). Heart prob­lems are rare, but it’s still good to be aware of how it works to en­sure ev­ery­thing ticks along nicely.

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