Table 8.6 Summary: Important historical information in a collapsing horse
Table 8.6 Summary: Important historical information in a collapsing horse

  • Events surrounding the collapsing episode
  • Did the animal collapse at exercise or at rest?
  • If at exercise, how tired was it at the time?
  • If the animal collapsed at rest, was it being attended or was it alone in its box or field?
  • If the owners were in attendance, what exactly were they doing, what had they just done and what were they about to do?
  • Was the inciting event part of a regular routine such as grooming or tacking-up or was the inciting cause an unusual occurrence?

The collapse itself

  • How long was the animal on the ground?
  • Did it make any movement when on the ground?
  • Was it aware of its surroundings when it was collapsed?
  • Was any eye movement noted?
  • What did it do when it recovered?