How do you measure a horse's blood pressure?

We measure a horse's blood pressure using a clinically validated electronic blood pressure meter. This is the same model as is used for humans. A specially sized inflatable cuff is wrapped around the base of the tail, the dock.

There are very few records of horse blood pressure readings, but we have found that normal resting systolic and diastolic blood pressure is similar to humans, 120 over 80 or less. Some ponies have much lower values.

It is rare to find a horse with raised resting blood pressure. Those that are found are usually unable or unwilling to do anything more than walk, and require immediate treatment with Equiwinner.

Blood pressure rises during exercise or exertion. At the end of a period of vigorous exercise, in a healthy horse the blood pressure should return to normal within about a minute. If the pressure takes much longer to return to normal, this is a sign that circulation is not optimum and may need treating with Equiwinner.

Other signs of extra high blood pressure are the lining of the nostrils being bright red after exercise, and red patches or red lines at the sides of whites of the eyes.