Is Your Horse in Pain? There’s an App for That

Horse owners can use a science-based app to document body language and facial expressions and determine whether equids are in acute pain.
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According to Dutch researchers, you need to observe a horse for at least a full two minutes to pick up subtle signs of pain in his facial expressions. And you’d need five minutes to recognize it in his overall body language. | Photo: Thinkstock

You might think you know your horse so well, you’d recognize pain on his face in a single glance.

Maybe you could. But chances are, you’d be missing something.

According to Dutch researchers, you need to observe a horse for at least a full two minutes to pick up subtle signs of pain in his facial expressions. And you’d need five minutes to recognize it in his overall body language

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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