“A horse gallops with his lungs and wins with his character, but perseveres with his heart”
The Center for Equine Health, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
Principal Body System: Cardiovascular
Definition: Blood, heart and blood vessels.
Function: Distributes oxygen and nutrients to cells; carries carbon dioxide and wastes from cells; maintains the acid-base balance ofthe body; protects against disease; prevents haemorrhage by forming blood clots; helps regulate body temperature.
The horse’s heart is an extremely effective organ, and fortunately rarely experiences problems. Which is just as well because the horse’s heart has to pump a healthy blood supply to one of the largest mammals on the planet. It is quite simply the lifeline to a horse's optimum health.