Understanding Your Horses Back
by Sara Wyche
Edition: 1998, eBook Ed., 2011
The presence of back pain in horses is disputed, both among riders and veterinarians. It shouldn’t be. Pain is a nerve signal which is transmitted when specific chemicals are released in tissue that is threatened or damaged. This can happen in a back, just as it happens in a leg or a foot.
However, when the painful site is in the horse’s back, close to the spinal cord which is a direct link to the brain, and yet the horse is conditioned to show basic obedience to the rider, the behavioural expression of that pain can be extremely varied.