Respiration Rate

What Is The Usual Respiration Rate of a Healthy Horse?

The normal respiration rate should be between 8 and 12 breaths per minute.

This can be seen by watching the nostrils or the flank and only counting either inhalations or exhalations, not both.

Do not allow the horse to sniff your hand to measure respiration rate as they will sniff more quickly than their usual breathing rate.

Stress and anxiety can increase a horse’s respiration rate as can recent exercise so take your horse’ respiration rate regularly at home to see what is normal for your horse.

A newborn foal’s respiration rate should be in the region of 20 – 40 breaths per minute.

If you feel that your horse’s breathing is laboured or faster than normal please contact Bourton Vale Equine Clinic for advice.

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