Equine Digital Pulses

Monitoring equine digital pulses is a powerful tool to help manage your horse’s health.

Taking the equine digital pulse

The digital pulse provides key information with regards to the health of your horse’s hooves. This is especially important for owners of Insulin Resistant or Cushing’s horses.

When taking pulses, you are feeling the blood flowing through the artery into the hooves. In a healthy horse the digital pulse is quite hard to find because the normal flow of blood is unrestricted. However, when there is inflammation in the hoof, the blood flow is restricted and as a result backs up in the artery, making the pulse feel much stronger.

The more inflammation there is in the hoof, the stronger the pulse. This is known as a bounding pulse.

In this photo the hoof and skin have been removed to show the inner structures.

The VAN (vein, artery, nerve) bundle runs down the back of the fetlock and pastern before entering the hoof.

The digital vein has been highlighted in blue, the artery in red, and the nerve in yellow.

Learning how to locate and take the digital pulse will enable you play a proactive role in effectively managing your horse's health.

Digital Pulse Vein, Artery, Nerve

The Equine Pulse iPad App and Ebook

Equine Digital Pulse Ebook

Now available as both an iPad App and Ebook

Horse owners: discover how to take an active role in your horse's health

Hoof care professionals: great teaching tool for your clients

Equine students: familiarize yourself with the anatomy

  • Quickly and easily learn how and where to take your horse's pulse
  • Stunning, high resolution, full color dissection photos and illustrations
  • Easy to navigate
  • Explore beneath the skin to fully understand the structures
  • Learn the difference between a normal and bounding pulse
  • Clearly labeled structures
  • Close-up views

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