Horse & Rider - - Conformation Clinic -

These draw­ings, made by An­drea Klint­b­jer for the 2014 Dan­ish study “An Equine Pain Face” (led by Ka­rina B Gleerup), help to il­lu­mi­nate the sub­tle signs that may in­di­cate your horse is in pain.

Low­ered, back­ward-fac­ing ears (may also be asym­met­ri­cal).

Ten­sion above the eye, giv­ing the up­per eye­lid an an­gled or V-shaped ap­pear­ance (eyes may also be par­tially closed).

Prom­i­nent, strained chew­ing mus­cles.

Up­per lip drawn back; chin more pro­nounced.

Nos­trils di­lated on the sides, giv­ing a squar­ish ap­pear­ance and a flat­ter pro­file.

BY COM­PAR­I­SON: A pain-free, re­laxed, at­ten­tive horse.

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