Girth Pain Syndrome

Girth Pain Syndrome

Riders and owners will know this as girthiness, or something similar – a horse that braces against having the girth tightened, flinches or tries to bite or kick.  There are many levels of escalation of this behaviour. Oddly, it is considered the norm in many horses. I...
Putting a Number on Pain

Putting a Number on Pain

For me, the last month has really centered around the exploration of pain in our equine patients. In this incredible companion and athlete we are continually challenged not only to recognize pain – especially when the signs are subtle  – but to quantify and record the...
Stress and Pain – Is there a Link?

Stress and Pain – Is there a Link?

After my conversation with Ansi van der Walt on our Equine Facebook community last week about the effect of stress and chronic pain on the welfare of horses, I did a bit of further digging into the relationship between stress and pain in our equine patients. Ansi and...
Equine Myofascial Pain

Equine Myofascial Pain

Written by our guest: Maria Calatayud Bonilla CHARTERED PHYSIOTHERAPIST- EQUINE PHYSIOTHERAPIST Spain; ICOFCV Col. 4048 Coordinator of Special Interest Group in Animal Physiotherapy of Spain (CGCFE) Click here to follow Maria on Facebook We tend to think that...
Mastering Equine Lameness Indicators

Mastering Equine Lameness Indicators

Is movement asymmetry always an indication of pain? The equine is a magnificently designed creature, with a locomotor system that is functional, energy efficient, graceful and compatible with human needs.  It is because of its unique, smooth locomotor system that...