Can you recognise the subtle signs of chronic pain in horses?

Pain is a common issue in horses that can compromise welfare and is frequently linked to behaviour problems that damage the horse-human relationship. Owners, trainers, vets, and other equine professionals are often poor at understanding and recognising signs of chronic pain. Even when people consider themselves to be good at recognising signs of fear, anxiety and pain, research shows that this has little bearing on the likelihood of actually doing so correctly.

In this presentation equine veterinary behaviourist Roxane Kirton discusses the relationship between chronic pain and behaviour in the horse. She looks at some of the current research into pain expression and shares her approach to assessing chronic pain. She also presents one of her case studies involving a pony who displayed aggressive behaviour to both humans and horses.

Pain is likely to be a massively under diagnosed issue and this session is aimed at improving our understanding of pain in horses.
This lecture is aimed at horse owners, students and equestrian professionals interested in learning about how horses learn and training. You don't need any prior knowledge about horse behaviour to watch this presentation.

Once enrolled you have 60 days to watch the lecture.

Who is this course for?




Continuing Professional Development (CPD/CEU)

  • Course Contents

    1 x video lesson and 1 x CPD/CEU quiz

  • Course Duration

    1 Hour plus quiz

  • CPD/CEU Certificate

    You can download a personalised CPD/CEU certificate after completing the quiz.

Understand how to recognise chronic pain and how it affects the horse

  • BHS

    This course has been approved for 1 CPD point for British Horse Society (BHS) Accredited Coaches. Download and email your CPD certificate to the organisation once you have completed the course.

  • KPA

    This course has been approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) by the Karen Pryor Association (KPA). You will need to contact us for an event code, download your CPD/CEU certificate once you have completed the course and then email both code and certificate to the KPA.


    This course has been approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) by the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). You will need to request an IAABC CEU certificate directly from us, so please get in touch once you have completed the course and quiz.

Your Instructor


Roxane Kirton BVMS MSc MRCVS graduated as an equine vet from the University of Glasgow in 2005. She has spent most of her career working in the equine charity sector and it was the challenges of working with horses and ponies with histories of cruelty and neglect that started Roxane’s interest in equine behaviour. This led to her obtaining a MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour with Distinction from the University of Lincoln in 2020. Her MSc research project was investigating the welfare impact of different grazing systems on outdoor living ponies. Roxane has a particular professional interest in the relationship between unwanted behaviours and physical health. In addition to continuing to work in the charity sector to improve the welfare of horses, Roxane also offers private behaviour and acupuncture consultations.