good health

Wellness is more than the absence of disease. It’s a vitality of body, mind, and spirit. To be in good health is also to have a resilience to illness and injury and a robust constitution which resists disease and rapidly restores health and function if illness or injury does happen to overwhelm the body’s resources.

As for specific physical or behavioral indicators of good health, here are several:

1. Comfortable stance and normal posture;

2. Body condition score between 4 and 6, on a scale from 1 (emaciated) to 9 (obese);

3. Bright, clear eyes; alert ears;

4. Interest in what is going on around her (factoring in her personality, whether shy, bold, or somewhere in between);

5. No abnormal discharges from eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth, anus, genitalia, or udder (if a mare);

6. Clean breath (unless fed garlic or some other aromatic substance);

7. Clean skin, hair coat that is smooth and shiny or at least soft, and an appropriate length for the climate and season;

8. No effort to breathe, and breathing that is soft and slow (unless recently exercised);

9. Ease of movement; and good appetite.

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Dr. Christine King is an Australian equine veterinarian with over 20 years of experience and advanced training in equine internal medicine and equine exercise physiology. She takes a wholistic approach to equine health and performance which emphasizes natural strategies for restoring and maintaining health and well being. Her mobile practice , Anima – Wholistic Health & Rehab for Horses , is based in the Seattle area. Dr. King is also the creator of Animal Herbal Solutions. www.animavet.com; email king@animavet.com; phone 425-876-1179.