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Feb122011

Recognising Pain in the Horse

One of the most common reasons I see for horses not behaving and standing still during trimming is not poor training, but pain.  One comment I will usually offer to my clients when I first trim their horse is to allow their horse to drift, if needed, while I am trimming their feet.  This allows the horse to position himself in a way that is most comfortable for him to stand three legged.  It also allows me to see if he is worried about giving up a foot, in which case I can modify my approach.   But finally it will also indicate pain.  The horse is literally saying "I can't do it".

If we automatically assume the horse is misbehaving and discipline him for it, then we will lose his trust.  and things often go downhill quickly from there.  So next time your horse won't stand to be trimmed, take a closer look at what he is telling you.  If you want more information on recognising pain in the horse please take a look at the following website http://inspiritusequine.homestead.com/ of veterinarian Dr Joanna Robson.  She has produced a fantastic book and DVD on the subject.

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    The person how does farming and such things, they should be more curious about their pets health’s. These are one who cannot express their pains with others. So, we should try to learn their issues by the unusual moves which they do.

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-Marc Jacobs blue jeanswhile I am trimming their feet. This allows the horse to position himself in a way that is most comfortable for him to stand three legged. It also allows me to see if he is worried about giving up a foot, in which case I can modify my ap

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