Health: Pain and ag­gres­sion; pro­tein needs.

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If your back hurts, you’re more likely to be in a bad mood, and you might snap at peo­ple who an­noy you. Horses re­act the same way, ac­cord­ing to French re­search that found a con­nec­tion be­tween back pain (as as­sessed by an equine chi­ro­prac­tor) and ag­gres­sive be­hav­ior. Ac­cord­ing to the study, of the horses af­fected by pain, more than 75 per­cent showed neg­a­tive re­ac­tions or ag­gres­sion to­ward hu­mans in one or more tests. Horses with more se­vere ver­te­bral prob­lems also showed fewer pos­i­tive re­ac­tions to­ward hu­mans than horses that were less se­verely af­fected. The take­away? Al­ways con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of pain or dis­com­fort be­fore pun­ish­ing your horse for neg­a­tive be­hav­ior, es­pe­cially if that be­hav­ior is a sud­den change from his nor­mal pat­tern. (The dis­com­fort could be in any part of his body, not just his back.)

Source: Ken­tucky Equine Re­search

An un­char­ac­ter­is­tic dis­play of ag­gres­sion can in­di­cate that a horse is suf­fer­ing pain.

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