Does the horse have 3 hearts

This is how the horse's cardiovascular system works

Health tips for a strong heart

Katrin Obst recommends hawthorn (Crataegus) when the contraction force of the heart declines. The plant, which has almost no side effects, is available dried as phytotherapy and as homeopathic drops. Hawthorn dilates the coronary arteries and the heart muscle can be better supplied with oxygen. Oxygen is like gasoline for muscles.

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Horse riding

With your calf you can feel the horse's heartbeat in the saddle. Do you notice how the pulse beats faster and stronger when the horse is exerting itself or when it is afraid of the jacket on the gang? Whoever pays attention to it, trains his sensitivity and strengthens the connection to the horse.

Sandra Reitbach
Katrin Obst (left) is a physiotherapist for horses and explains anatomy in a clear way. For the new CAVALLO series, her colleague Anne Badenberg (right) used finger paint to paint skeletons, muscles, blood vessels and the like on the animals. By the way: The paint is non-toxic and can be easily brushed out of the fur again.

Because of calm blood

One lap in the bloodstream lasts about 40 seconds. The transport routes are arteries (see red in the picture) and veins (blue). Veins usually transport oxygen-poor blood from all parts of the body to the heart. Arteries carry blood away from the heart. Memorandum: "If the vein injects, it is not."

Man and horse: two hearts, one beat

Why do you feel such a close connection to your horse? Humans and horses synchronize their heartbeat when they spend time together. The hearts then beat in one beat. The heartbeat variability (the sequence of heartbeats) also adjusts to one another. It is considered a barometer of sentiment.

to measure ones pulse

Place your fingertips on the horse's left temple. There you can feel the pulse particularly well, as arteries run over bones and are easy to feel. They feel like thick spaghetti. The resting heart rate is around 32 to 44 beats per minute. If the horse exerts itself, the pulse can rise to 180 beats per minute - for example during a brisk gallop.

Knowledge in 20 seconds

The blood makes up about 7 percent of the weight in a healthy horse. Around 42 liters of blood flow through a warm blood with a body weight of 600 kilograms. The heart constantly pumps this amount around the body to supply muscles and organs with oxygen and nutrients.

The heart of a horse weighing 500 kg weighs about 3.5 kg. It's about the size of a watermelon.