Overall stance and attitude.
As I approach the barn, does the horse have his head up, are his eyes bright, and is he eager for feed or is he lethargic, inattentive, or anxious?
I look at the horse from both sides so I will quickly spot any wounds, swelling or puffiness.
Has the horse finished all of his feed from the previous feeding?
Is there evidence that he has he taken in a sufficient amount of water?
Is the fecal material well formed or is it hard and dry, loose and sloppy, covered with mucus or parasites, or filled with whole grains? Are there at least three to four manure piles since I last fed? (six to eight bowel movements per 24-hour day is normal.)
Pen, shelter, or stall.
Are there signs of pawing, rubbing, rolling, thrashing, or wood-chewing?
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