How to Recognize the 24 Behaviors indicating Pain in the Ridden Horse – Presented by Dr Sue Dyson


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Does it feel like you are not really getting to the root of your horse’s problems?

Do you find it frustrating that you are constantly spending money on medicating joint pain but you can’t seem to solve your horse’s problems for once and for all? How can you really flush out what’s bothering your horse and find a better way forward?

This course will change the way we identify problems with our horses. World-renowned veterinarian and researcher, Dr Sue Dyson shows you how it is possible to determine the presence of musculoskeletal pain in ridden horses by facial expressions or other aspects of behavior.

This program has been approved for 5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval

10% discount on this, and all our courses, for everyone signed up to the Equitopia membership program


Many horses appear sound in hand but have underlying pain-related musculoskeletal problems when ridden – which frequently go unrecognized. If you are a vet, a trainer, a horse owner or someone who wants the best for yourself and your horse, this course is for you. 

Through videos, quizzes, learning aids, downloadable materials, and practical exercises, this course will give you the tools you need to identify underlying pain-related problems even if they are not initially obvious. You will be able to use the knowledge gained through this course when you are assessing a horse which has presented because of poor performance, or when a horse is undergoing a pre-purchase examination. If you are a horse owner, it can help you detect pain early so that it can be put right before it becomes chronic and the horse starts to adapt its movement in other ways resulting in more problems. It will also help you to clarify if tension or unwillingness are behavior-related or pain-based behaviors.

This course has been developed through extensive research over two years involving six studies and 400 horses. We believe it will change the way we identify problems with our horses.


  • Recognize and describe facial features that occur more frequently in lame horses and non-lame horses
  • Recognize and describe the 24 behaviors which together may indicate underlying pain in the ridden horse
  • Recognize behaviors in a horse free of pain/sound horse
  • Develop a log of your horse’s behaviors to identify potential lameness
  • Identify the course of action to follow if pain is discovered

A ground breaking resource for equine professionals and amateurs’ 

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