Table 8.7 Summary: Examination of the collapsing horse
At the time of the event
Do not endanger people by examining the animal during the episode unless experienced handlers are available and can approach the horse safely.
What is the mental stage of the animal? Is the animal conscious?
Are there any rapid eye movements?
What is the heart rate?
What is the heart rhythm?
Examine the capillary refill time, mucous membrane colour and arterial pulse quality.
After the event
Has the animal recovered a normal mental state?
Is there evidence of traumatic damage caused by the event?
Check the mucous membrane colour and refill time, pulse rate, rhythm and quality, check for signs of congestive heart failure. Auscultation
Conscious or unconscious
Pupillary light reflex