Temperature taking and rugging up are in the research news, reports Peter Green MRCVS
Taking a horse’s temperature is a standard procedure, carried out when fever is suspected or to monitor the daily health of an elite equine athlete.
The time-honoured method is to insert a thermometer in the horse’s rectum and wait for a minute or so, before removing it to read the result. Some horses object to this, however, becoming stressed and putting handlers at risk. Skin temperature can be taken remotely with a thermal imaging camera, but this is not a reliable guide to genuine core temperature.