Welcome to Recognizing the Horse in Pain!

  • Is your horse bloating and biting when saddled?
  • Are you sliding to the side while riding?
  • Does your horse have trouble with canter leads?
  • Is your horse stiff and slow to warm-up?
  • Is your horse having trouble going up and downhill?
  • Having problems with bucking, rearing, and resistance?
  • Have a head-tosser, or a horse that leans on the bit?
  • Think your horse has a problem, but your veterinarian can't find it?



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   Too often people miss the signs of their horse's discomfort. Short and choppy strides, loss of topline muscle, bucking, a stiff and hollow-back - these are all symptoms of a horse in pain.  "Stall Rest and Bute" is mistakenly the treatment when the underlying cause cannot be found, and joint injections don't treat the underlying cause of joint instability. Become an educated horse owner, and improve your horse's comfort and performance before it's too late!
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From a kind reader who reviewed the book online:
"I had endless trouble with a young horse of mine and had many hours of fearful riding. I used to make myself get on just because 'she mustn't get away with bad behaviour". Our rides lasted around three minutes on a good day, and she was prone to doing very minute steps almost piaffe and it was very scary indeed having those rides. The hardest exercise of the lot was to ride around the arena sides, at a walk, just following the track before something else happened. The only exercise that I could do with her was the ridden labyrinth as per Tellington-Jones. This kept her focused and gave me control whilst riding. We ventured into Horse Agility and Clicker training which were a great success with her (I was not riding though). I blamed myself and the saddle and had the saddle checked a thousand times without avail.

Then I changed the girth to a 'Cair' girth and she was better - but all was not quite resolved.
Now, thanks to this book, I realize just what was going on and at the time of the problem there was no-one to help me with it. Now I know much better and feel better for keeping this horse when I very nearly gave up. The thing is, I never lost faith in this horse as I knew she was not deliberately uncontrollable.

The take home message here is: Don't give up until you have studied this book - I am sure the answer is there, like it would have been for me had it been available then.
Now I have a really nice natured horse that comes to me when I appear and is very co-operative in her ridden work, just like she has had a personality transplant!"
-Pegasus, June 2013
galling from a saddlepad that burned off the horse's hair
saddle is too high in front at over 5 fingers between pommel and withersthe horse's lumbar spine has thin transverse spinous processesA tail stretch can help release your horse's toplinehigh heel, low heel syndrome can affect your horse's performancetripping is a common sign of saddle-fit problems, hoof pain, neurological conditions, and much more...
Recognizing the Horse in Pain II- The updated edition of the original favorite!
At left, a case presented to me after being diagnosed with neck arthritis on the right low side, but the patient did not respond to traditional therapy. The client asked for a full assessment and chiropractic treatment. Based on the patient's posture and palpation, adjustments were not performed due to suspicion of underlying undiagnosed pathology. This patient later had additional diagnostics and was diagnosed with a fracture at C2-3.  It is important that only a properly trained, licensed practitioner perform adjustments or acupuncture; sometimes the key is to know when NOT to. First do no harm!