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每天30分钟创造一匹更好的马 第一章 8

(2012-06-03 22:18:35)




分类: 30Minutes

1.3 30 Minutes to Make A Weekly Health Check

1.3 每周30分钟做健康检查


The better you know your horse, the more effortlessly you will register whether he looks ‘normal’ or under the weather. The ability to make an at-a-glance appraisal is essential, but a more thorough hand-on check should be carried out on a regular basis, and if you feel something is not quite right. Take 30 minutes once a week to run through this health check (details of each point are given on the following pages), and save yourself time and anguish by recognizing and dealing with any problems before they become major.



General Checks

First, check the ABS (Appearance, Behavior, Stable). Tie your horse up safely.

1) Step back and take a good look at him. The overall impression you receive should be of an alert, interested, healthy animal. He should be standing squarely, possibly resting a hind leg and dropping one hip, but definitely not resting a foreleg. Nor should he be shifting his weight from one foot to another. His coat should lie flat and have a bloom or shine to it; if he lives out this is quite difficult to perceive, but it should still be the case.

2) Any of the following can be an indication that things are not quite right: head hung; ear back; dull, staring coat; tail raised; any obvious swelling; runny eyes or nose; unusual posture; signs of tension or unexplained excitement.

3) Make a mental note of the horse’s general behavior, and register what is normal for your horse. A grumpy, argumentative horse showing signs of subservience is as much a cause for concern as a normally friendly horse suddenly being grumpy.

4) Take a look around his stable: is he eating his feed, finishing off his hay and drinking all his water? (Difficult to measure if you don’t use water buckets.) Are there little bits of food around the manger indicating that he is quidding (food is falling out of his mouth at one side or another due to an irregular bite or missing teeth) and has dental problems? Are there more, or fewer, droppings than usual? Try to watch your horse stable (urinate): the urine should be clear or slightly cloudy, but not thick, yellow or smelly. Does the stable look uncharacteristically messy?



1) 退后一步,好好观察一下他。你这时有的印象应该是一只警惕、有好奇心的、健康的动物。他应该笔直站立,可能用一条后腿正在休息或者单腿站立,但是绝对不可能用一条前腿休息。他也不应该把他的重量从一条腿转移到另一条腿。他的毛皮应该平滑而且有一种闪亮的光泽。如果他一直住在户外,那这点确实很难观察,但是马匹仍然应该是这个样子。

2) 有以下任何一点都是不正常的:头部低垂、耳朵朝后、皮毛暗淡、尾巴抬起、任何明显的肿胀、在眼部或者鼻部有黏液、不正常的姿势以及表现出任何不能解释的紧张和兴奋。

3) 列出马匹日常行为的记录,并记录马匹的正常行为。一匹坏脾气的马突然变得顺从要比一匹友善的马突然变得暴躁更值得考虑。

4) 观察一下他的马房。他是否吃光了他的饲料和干草?喝光了所有的水?(如果你不用水桶,你就很难监控。)食槽周围是否散落了食物?这些迹象可能是他有咀嚼病或是牙病的暗示(食物会从马匹的嘴部的一侧或两侧同时漏出来,这可能是由于不规则的咬合和缺齿导致的)。有没有比平时更多或是更少的排泄物?尽可能的观察一下马匹的尿液:尿液应该是清澈的或是稍微有些浑浊,但是绝对不会是不透明的、黄色的或是有臭味的。马房是否看上去不正常的混乱?

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1.3.1 The 30-Minute Check in 12 Steps

1.3.1 12步完成30分钟检查


Now follow the 12 steps described here.



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1. Ears

Run your hands over horse’s ears to gauge whether he is warm enough. (To find out what is normal for your horse, make a point of checking his ears in extremes of weather, both hot and cold.) His ears should be ‘perky’ and directed at you, or at anything else that might have drawn his attention.




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2. Nose

The membrane on the inside of the horse’s nose should be a healthy red color. A slight discharge, especially after exercise, is not abnormal, but anything else, such as blood or a thick yellow or green discharge (a sign of infection), is far from normal.




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3. Eyes

Your horse’s eyes should be bright and alert. There should be no discharge or unusual redness. If your horse is attempting to rub or close his eye, this could indicate that something is wrong.




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4. Mouth

Check the corners of his mouth to ensure that the bit is not rubbing here.

4. 嘴巴



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5. Pulse

The easiest places to feel a pulse is at one of the arteries either under the jawbone or inside the elbow. Make sure that the horse is relaxed and not eating, and after a few seconds you should feel the pulse. (It isn’t easy to detect – be patient.) Count the beats for 30 seconds, and then double that figure to give the heart rate per minute. Remember that exercise, pain, a high temperature or excitement can all increase your horse’s pulse rate. A resting horse should have a pulse of between 36-42 beats a minute.

(Note: An artery feels springy to the touch. A vein will flatten if you squash it.)

5. 脉搏




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Locating the Pulse of the Digital Artery

It is a good idea to try to locate the pulse of the digital artery that runs through the fetlock. This pulse is a good indicator of more serious foot problems such as developing abscesses and laminitis.




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6. Pinch Test

Is your horse dehydrated? Gently take a pinch of skin on the point off the shoulder: if your horse is not dehydrated, it will spring back into place immediately you let it go.




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7. Legs

Run your hands over your horse’s legs. You are checking for heat, swelling, and wounds. Check firstly for heat. If you can feel heat but are not sure whether it is ‘normal’, compare the heat of the problem spot to that of the same place in the opposite leg. Heat is an indication of a problem and should not be ignored.

You should treat any swelling that you may find in a like manner. At various stages in their lives and training horses may develop lumps and bumps such as windgalls and splints on their legs. It is important that you are familiar with these as they are permanent and unlikely to cause problems once established. However, swelling in more than one leg can be a sign of digestive problems, age, or lack of exercise. Swelling in one leg is more likely to be an injury and should be investigated. Locate your horse’s tendons and familiarize yourself with how they feel. Any swelling or thickening here should be looked at by a vet immediately, because to work a horse with a damaged tendon can have long-term effects.

If you apply pressure to either a warm patch or a swelling and the horse reacts it is likely that he is in pain. If possible, trot him up carefully to establish whether or not he is lame before calling the vet.

Now check for any cuts, grazes or wounds. Look out for mud fever during wet weather.

7. 腿部






Tip: Remember that a horse’s legs may swell or become warm after exercise.



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8. Hooves

Check to ensure that the shoe is not loose and that the clenches – the nails attaching the shoe to the hoof wall – have not ‘risen’ (worked loose and moved too close to the sensitive laminae of the foot). The hooves should be evenly shaped with no cracks or missing chunks. The hind hoof should be slightly more upright than the fore. Take a look at the sole of the hoof: is the frog dry and clean? Does the foot smell clean and healthy? And indication of decay could be thrush and will need treating immediately.

8. 检查蹄子



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9. Weight

To the eye, your horse should be well covered but not fat, his rib just visible. Use a weigh-tape regularly; although not guaranteed to be accurate, it will provide an indication of whether he has put on weight.

9. 体重



Tip: Use the back of your hand to double check heat – it is more sensitive.



A Horse’s TPR

You may read or hear people talking about a horse’s TPR. This means temperature, pulse and respiration, and knowing all three will give a good indication of a horse’s general health. To establish your horse’s TPR, take all three readings at the same time of day for four days, when your horse is relaxed and settled in his stable or on the yard and before he expects a feed. Make a note of the readings.




10. Respiration

A fit horse’s respiration at rest is quite difficult to detect. Stand behind the horse and to one side and watch the flanks moving in and out as the horse breathes; each breath, in and out, is counted as one. Once again, time the horse for 30 seconds and then double that figure to establish the breaths per minute, which should be between 8 to 15 for a resting horse. Pay attention to coughs unusual respiratory noises as these can indicate many things from stress to respiratory airways obstruction (RAO, formerly known as COPD), and should not be ignored.

10. 呼吸检查



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11. Temperature

The simplest way to take your horse’s temperature is with a digital equine thermometer. A veterinary mercury thermometer is also available, but is more difficult to read and can therefore be inaccurate in inexperienced hands.

Lubricate the bulb of the thermometer you are using with petroleum jelly or saliva. If it is a mercury thermometer, shake it smartly to return the mercury towards the bulb. Stand behind and to one side of the horse and lift his tail towards you. Gently insert the thermometer in the horse’s anus. Allow it to enter at an angle and follow the wall of the rectum; this ensures you are not reading the temperature of a ball of droppings. Leave it in place for 30 seconds – and don’t let go! If the horse objects it is important to remove the thermometer immediately ensuring that it does not break. Clean and sterilize the thermometer before putting it away.

The normal temperature for a horse is about 38C, or 100.4F; if it goes above 39.5C, contact your vet.

11. 温度检查





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12. Saddle Region

Run your hands over the area of the horse’s back where your saddle would be. Ensure that there are no areas of discomfort – he will react to your touch – or sores or cuts. If you are in any doubt, have your saddler come and check as soon as possible. Now run your hands over the rest of his body to check that there are no bald patches, sores or injuries. Watch out for rain scald and sweet itch.

12. 鞍区检查

把你的手放在你一般放鞍子的地方。确保这里没有任何地方会使马匹感到不舒服,如果按到这里马匹会有反应,而且鞍区也不应该有任何伤处。如果你有任何疑问,尽可能快的让你的鞍师过来检查。现在再用你的手抚摸马匹身体的其他地方,检查其它地方有没有任何秃毛或是伤处。当心Rain Scald和Sweet itch。


Trotting Up

In the early days of getting to know your horse, persuade a friend to trot him up so that you can watch his action from in front and behind.

His action should be easy and rhythmic. Note how the hind legs follow in the path of the fore legs so as to familiarize yourself with what is normal for your horse. Many successful competition horses dish (swing one leg out irregularly), but this is of no consequence: it is irregularities in stride that you are looking for.





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