What is a Normal Heart Rate for an Adult Horse?
A horse’s heart rate at rest is normally between 28 and 44 beats per minute.
Being able to take your horses heart rate can be helpful to determine if there is something wrong but remember that if a horse is nervous or stressed its pulse may be dramatically increased.
To find the horse’s pulse you can either feel under the jaw or behind the left elbow.
A common mistake when taking a horse’s pulse is to double count (lub – dub is only one beat). Practice taking your horse’s pulse regularly at a time when they are quiet and content, to find what is normal for your horse.
A newborn foal’s heart rate is higher, between 60 - 80 beats per minute.