Equine Pain Face - Poster Download

Learn to recognise the subtle facial expressions that may indicate your horse is in pain.

Download this poster, print in full colour and display at your barn or livery yard!


You can use the features highlighted in this chart to score a ‘pain face’ as a simple yes/no. 

The intensity of the expression can help you determine the intensity of pain. 

Learning to recognise the equine pain face in horses can help you identify chronic or low grade pain earlier. 

It is relatively easy and feasible for everyone to learn. In one study, after a 20 minute lesson, participants were able to successfully score a pain face (yes/no) and the pain intensity as ‘low’, ‘medium’ and ‘high’ with, on average, 82% accuracy. 

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