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
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.