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What signs do you look for in your horse that might indicate he's in pain?
(Select all that apply)

Lameness
24%
442
Eating and drinking changes
24%
450
Behavior changes
28%
509
Decreased response to stimuli
18%
322
Other (please explain)
6%
115

Total votes cast: 1838

Comments & Write-in Answers

Anything that out of the normal. Cuts, tears, anything!

9/26/2011 9:45:53 PM

All of the above and more

9/26/2011 9:24:23 PM

excessive yawning

9/26/2011 7:23:07 PM

Being tuned in to the way your horse feels,looking into there eye is it soft or nervous when touched

9/26/2011 7:13:51 PM

less interactive, laying down more

9/26/2011 5:42:13 PM

worry lines around the eyes

9/26/2011 4:34:59 PM

anything that seems "off"

9/25/2011 5:30:05 PM

All of the above

9/25/2011 11:21:58 AM

pulse, and breathing

9/24/2011 12:13:52 PM

stance, mussle, dull eye, tucked up, shifting weight

9/24/2011 1:13:46 AM

the look in the eyes, and the position of ears and tail

9/23/2011 10:15:42 PM

depression and tense facial muscles

9/23/2011 9:37:30 PM

dull eye, yawning, isololation from other horses

9/23/2011 9:35:50 PM

depression

9/23/2011 9:25:08 PM

Increased p&r, dull eyes, lethargic

9/23/2011 5:42:29 PM

usually if he is lethargic and moving slower than usual

9/23/2011 2:58:15 PM

horse looking depressed with head down,no bright clear eyes and coat looking dull or standing up

9/23/2011 3:29:27 AM

Fever, etc.

9/23/2011 1:23:34 AM

Yawning, weight shifting, increased respiration, changes to gums, sucked up stomach

9/22/2011 10:53:44 PM

increased heart rate and respiration

9/22/2011 8:01:04 PM

biting; kicking; irritability; laying down; unwillingness

9/22/2011 6:13:01 PM

shortened Stride in any gait.

9/22/2011 6:00:06 PM

Lip curling, air pawing....

9/22/2011 5:26:29 PM

vital signs

9/22/2011 5:23:06 PM

anything the least bit different or unusual

9/22/2011 4:50:16 PM

Henry stretches out fully and puts his rump up and his forelegs are stretched out in front of him.

9/22/2011 3:40:58 PM

Anything out of the ordinary

9/22/2011 3:18:51 PM

their eyes tell a lot

9/22/2011 3:05:55 PM

Looking or acting as though in pain

9/22/2011 2:36:19 PM

How the horse stands and the look in his eye.

9/22/2011 1:20:15 PM

Pawing

9/22/2011 11:00:20 AM

heavy breathing

9/22/2011 10:59:00 AM

no interest in movement

9/22/2011 10:27:02 AM

behaviour-unusual movements of thead with gait changes

9/22/2011 10:23:28 AM

Dull eyes or coat

9/22/2011 8:10:20 AM

flinching back

9/22/2011 8:08:50 AM

Looking uncomfortable, a dullness to eyes and demeanor

9/22/2011 4:07:58 AM

Unusual characteristics. Know the normal paramaters for your animal and pay attention.

9/21/2011 11:00:05 PM

changes in standing posture

9/21/2011 10:14:25 PM

Repeatedly biting at or scratching an area, also non-heat related sweating

9/21/2011 9:33:57 PM

going from being neat in stall to being messy

9/21/2011 8:17:13 PM

I'm his mother--I just know.

9/21/2011 7:24:16 PM

sweating, increased heart rate, temperature

9/21/2011 5:51:17 PM

Gut sounds, poop problems

9/21/2011 5:46:22 PM

chip off top of splint bone

9/21/2011 5:39:53 PM

changes in performance

9/21/2011 3:41:39 PM

All of them

9/21/2011 3:18:18 PM

Hissy fits.

9/21/2011 3:10:57 PM

changes in stool as well

9/21/2011 1:32:26 PM

Am currently dealing w/laminitis, withdrawal from social contact noted during "flares" of pain

9/21/2011 12:46:51 PM

Dull look in eyes,puny

9/21/2011 10:50:07 AM

eyes

9/21/2011 10:27:20 AM

I check the whole horse

9/21/2011 10:23:05 AM

I make frequent use of a thermometer . we had 3 cases of Zercichia this summer-rise in temp was fas

9/21/2011 10:22:11 AM

Body attitude, stomach tension, pained look in eyes

9/21/2011 9:56:37 AM

expression, I know all my horses pretty well and if they are off, I know it.

9/21/2011 8:55:12 AM

Depression, change in attitude

9/21/2011 8:47:16 AM

Just look. Their expressions tell you so much about how they feel.

9/21/2011 8:15:13 AM

sweating, breathing hard, excessive laying down

9/21/2011 7:39:37 AM

Check the horse's eyes and face. Signs of stress; tight, hard, dull, angry looking eyes: L

9/21/2011 5:49:47 AM

Weight loss

9/21/2011 3:56:08 AM

wieght loss, and dull eyes are two other important warning signs of possible pain.

9/21/2011 1:53:33 AM

fever

9/21/2011 12:55:17 AM

bitting sides, restless, rolling

9/20/2011 11:22:44 PM

Restlessness, which I separate from "Behavior changes."

9/20/2011 11:00:23 PM

i can usually tell by the facial expression & she tosses her head a certain way when she hurts

9/20/2011 10:53:03 PM

coat, ears, eyes, respiratory, pulse and temperature, circulation

9/20/2011 10:48:29 PM

saddling/tacking issues, unwillingness to take up gaits

9/20/2011 10:36:33 PM

sweating

9/20/2011 10:11:01 PM

Dull expression

9/20/2011 9:38:18 PM

Her demeanor, mood, facial expression

9/20/2011 9:09:27 PM

VERY clingy, he just wants to be hugged!

9/20/2011 8:58:34 PM

I spend lots of time watching my mare's day to day behavior, when something is different I know.

9/20/2011 8:55:05 PM

Tension in muscles, Pursed lips.

9/20/2011 8:34:32 PM

Any cuts or open wounds, etc.

9/20/2011 8:20:21 PM

If only they could tell you.

9/20/2011 8:06:51 PM

Flat affect, none of his usual nikcered greetings to me

9/20/2011 8:01:10 PM

response to touch, massage

9/20/2011 7:09:30 PM

Sometimes you can just look at them and tell they're not up to par-even without other symptoms

9/20/2011 6:25:11 PM

Agitation

9/20/2011 6:05:03 PM

weight loss; lethargy; aggression;

9/20/2011 5:48:19 PM

wrinkled nose - ear position- stance at rest-tail position

9/20/2011 5:41:13 PM

Temperature and heart rate

9/20/2011 5:38:08 PM

eyes seem dull

9/20/2011 5:27:00 PM

glassy eyes

9/20/2011 5:23:28 PM

I look at their eyes.

9/20/2011 5:20:21 PM

I can tell almost immediately if anything is wrong with any of my horses.

9/20/2011 4:58:41 PM

does not perform to full ability riding

9/20/2011 4:53:26 PM

performance

9/20/2011 4:40:30 PM

I can just tell by looking at her

9/20/2011 4:36:18 PM

Behavior changes actually covers it all when you think about it

9/20/2011 4:35:38 PM

Any unusual behavior

9/20/2011 4:35:08 PM

resent saddling, bridling, mounting, depression, tense muscles around eyes, nostrils, mouth

9/20/2011 4:34:31 PM

Acting "off"

9/20/2011 4:33:11 PM

Laying down & getting up several times; general lethargy

9/20/2011 4:32:27 PM

his or her sides are sucken in

9/20/2011 4:25:45 PM

body position

9/20/2011 4:16:57 PM

heart rate/respiration

9/20/2011 3:52:07 PM

Being "Off"

9/20/2011 3:48:14 PM

change in expression, particularly eyes

9/20/2011 3:47:05 PM

standing "stretched" out

9/20/2011 3:46:09 PM

All the choices are potential signs of pain.

9/20/2011 3:32:45 PM

Look at eyes

9/20/2011 3:31:45 PM

There are a # of factors to consider when a horse is in pain for what ever reason.

9/20/2011 3:28:48 PM

pressing head

9/20/2011 3:27:05 PM

Over-response to stimuli, inattention

9/20/2011 3:26:57 PM

A pleading look in his eyes along with biting his flank

9/20/2011 3:25:00 PM

His eyes always tell me.

9/20/2011 3:21:47 PM

sweating, shaking, etc.

9/20/2011 3:17:16 PM

tight dry lips

9/20/2011 3:13:54 PM

Attitude

9/20/2011 2:53:24 PM

respiratory rate (flared nostrils), dull eyes

9/20/2011 2:40:16 PM

not participating in normal routine

9/20/2011 2:32:53 PM

Sweating without exertion.

9/20/2011 2:26:21 PM

avoidance or reluctance of moving to cues when riding or on the ground

9/20/2011 2:16:07 PM

He will get "clingy"

9/20/2011 2:00:19 PM

Chewing or rubbing a specific area repeatedly

9/20/2011 12:57:44 PM

looks alert, or distant in his eyes

9/20/2011 12:35:06 PM

dull look. pinning ears. sweating.

9/20/2011 11:31:12 AM

restlessness, agitation

9/20/2011 10:20:55 AM

My horse gets very stoic when he's in pain.

9/20/2011 9:56:38 AM