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CHECKING A DIGITAL PULSE

Start at the middle of the pastern, at the back of the leg. Move your first two fingers towards the outside until you feel a bundle of vessels, where you should find the pulse.  Alternatively, put your thumb and finger on either side of the pastern, just below the fetlock, and slide your hand down until you are just above the heel and can feel the pulse through your finger.

The pulse should always be detectable as it means the horse has blood pumping around his body !  But if he is healthy,  has feathers or is a heavier type it can be harder to find.

Any abnormalities, including laminitis cause the pulse to bound and more easily felt.

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