How to Identify Signs Your Horse Is in Pain

If your horse has been injured or is sick, there are several ways it may indicate to that it needs help.

Unfortunately, many of these ways are subtle and you may not pick up on them immediately. Understanding your horse and its normal behavior plays a large role in helping you determine whether or not it is sick.

Every horse is different after all. That being said, there are a few universal signs that something may be wrong with your horse.

  • One of the first things you may notice is a general change in behavior.

This may mean your horse is spending time by itself, acting up during a grooming session, or doing anything else that is uncharacteristic.

This type of behavior may just be a onetime thing, but if you notice it happening again and again there may be a more serious problem.

This is especially true if the horse isn’t very active, yet still feels sweaty. Other telltale signs include a horse that grinds its teeth, stares at its belly, and stands a foot pointed outward.

But just what could be wrong with your horse?

Symptoms like these could be associated with a number of things, so it’s a good idea to have a trained veterinarian diagnose the animal.

Pay close attention to your horses and you should have no trouble noticing something is wrong soon after it happens.

With the proper attention and care, you can rest easy knowing your horses will get the treatment they deserve.