The digital pulse is your horse’s pulse felt near the hoof. An artery runs down your horse’s leg into the hoof. Checking your horse’s digital pulse is an excellent way to catch problems before they progress. You may struggle to find the digital pulse if your horse is healthy with no underlying issues.
Considering that his feet are one of his most important body parts, you should always concern yourself with the health of your horse’s hooves. Horses prone to swelling, especially those who suffer from Cushing’s disease, should have their digital pulse checked regularly.
Check the pulse of this bundle just as you would your own. Apply pressure to the bundle for a few seconds to feel the pulse. It is possible to push too hard and cut off blood flow. However, too gentle pressure will not allow you to feel the pulse properly.
You will want to check your horse’s digital pulse regularly to assess the health of your horse. If the digital pulse is strong, it tells you that your horse is experiencing inflammation. Inflammation is usually not a stand-alone symptom. It is typically an indicator of a more serious issue.
Another concern that arises from a strong digital pulse is a blockage of blood flow.
A strong digital pulse can also indicate infection or injury. Abscesses and bruises may go unfound without this check. If your horse is experiencing hoof tenderness and a strong digital pulse, it can indicate laminitis.
Benefab Therapeutic Smart Quickwraps are an excellent product to help increase circulation to reduce inflammation throughout the lower leg and hoof. Magnets target tendons, ligaments, and joints to alleviate pressure.
The resting heart rate for a horse is approximately 40 beats per minute. Many factors, such as exercise or fear, will raise this rate. However, disease is one of the most concerning causes of an increased heart rate.
A strong digital pulse in your horse does not necessarily indicate laminitis. However, with other symptoms such as hoof tenderness, warm feet, and painful gait, the strong digital pulse is a good indicator.
Checking the digital pulse for laminitis is no different than checking in when your horse is healthy. Inspect your horse’s legs for inflammation and gently feel the pulse along the vascular bundle in the fetlock.