The Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram and identification of musculoskeletal pain

It can be extremely difficult to recognise if a horse is in pain. Dr Sue Dyson, Chief Veterinary Adviser for the Moorcroft Equine Rehabilitation Centre, explains how the Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram can be used to identify discomfort and pain in horses. The Ridden Horse Pain Ethogram (RHpE) was developed to enable all involved with ridden horses to better determine that a horse may be experiencing musculoskeletal pain. It has been obvious for many years that owners, trainers and even equine veterinarians are poor at recognising low-grade lameness that compromises performance and too often the horse is blamed for being...

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