Measurement of horse core body temperature

Angela R. Green, Richard S. Gates, Laurie M. Lawrence

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Horse core body temperature (CBT) was monitored by three methods to compare three distinct physiological locations (blood temperature, BT; rectal temperature, RT; and telemetry-based gastrointestinal temperature, GT). Calibrated results indicate that CBT was different for each location (0.5°C greater GT vs. RT; 1.0°C greater GT vs. BT). The diurnal CBT average, minimum, and maximum were 38.0, 37.6, and 38.5°C, respectively; and the telemetry-based system for measuring GT applied in this study is an acceptable alternative method for monitoring core body temperature in horses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)370-377
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Thermal Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Blood temperature
  • Diurnal
  • Equus caballus
  • Rectal temperature
  • Remote monitoring
  • Telemetry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • Developmental Biology


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