eurodressage en Is My Horse Difficult or In pain? Can Facial Expressions be Used to Determine the Presence of Pain? <div style="width: 240px" class="image-attach-teaser"><a href="/equestrian/2017/05/25/my-horse-difficult-or-pain-can-facial-expressions-be-used-determine-presence-pain"><img src="" alt="news_veterinary_facial_05" title="news_veterinary_facial_05" class="image image-_original " width="240" height="305" /></a><div class="img_caption grey">Left eye has intense stare (PS 2) muscle tension above eye (PS 1) Left ear rotated outwards (PS 1) mouth wide open, exposing teeth tongue (PS 3) left nostril flared with angular sides, wrinkle below the nostril (PS 1) Lower muzzle tense (PS 1)</div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-headline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Veterinary News </div> </div> </div> <p>There is undisputed evidence to show that owners, riders and trainers have a poor ability to recognise signs of pain manifest as lameness when horses are ridden. Approximately 47% of sports horses in regular work and assumed to be sound have pain-related gait abnormalities. In a dressage horse the early stages of lameness may only be manifest under certain conditions and may be misinterpreted as conflict behaviour, difficulties in learning a movement or ‘one-sidedness’. However, tension, evasions, unevenness in the contact, resistances, spookiness, difficulties with specific movements such as flying changes could all potentially be a manifestation of pain.</p> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-external-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div class="emfield-emvideo emfield-emvideo-youtube"> <div id="emvideo-youtube-flash-wrapper-1"><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="265" width="320" data=";rel=0&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;fs=1" id="emvideo-youtube-flash-1"> <param name="movie" value=";rel=0&amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAcess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> </object></div></div></div> </div> </div> </div> Veterinary Thu, 25 May 2017 08:52:51 +0000 Astrid Appels 62022 at