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17.10.2022 Follow me…

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” Tony Robbins

Join me in an ongoing discussion on the links between performance, pain and behaviour in horses. Read about the scientific studies in this area. Share your thoughts, and hear about my experiences, and those of the people I meet in the course of my work as an equine physiotherapist and a writer.

I believe that we are all doing our best, given the knowledge, tools and experience that we have at this time. There is so much more to know, and so much we can learn from each other. Here’s how we can keep in touch:

My values

  • Care
  • Connection
  • Curiosity
  • Compassion
  • Communication

My purpose

  • To make the world a happier place for horses and their handlers.

My mission

  • To inspire compassion, through sharing knowledge, experience, and understanding. By 2035, every horse person will recognise that there are links between pain, behaviour, and performance.

My goal

By 2035:

  • All horses are treated with respect.
  • Horses are recognised as individuals with different levels of pain tolerance.
  • Behaviour is recognised by all equestrians as a means of communication.
  • Poor performance from a horse is investigated to find the root cause, and treated appropriately.
  • ‘Brain, pain, or training?’ is a question all horse people ask themselves when they come across a problem.
  • Punitive training methods are a thing of the past.

Keep an eye out for my next book, ‘Recognising Pain in Ridden Horses: Performance, Partnership and Potential’, co-authored with Dr Sue Dyson, published by J A Allen, due 2023. Sign up at to be kept up to date with new information as it comes available.

© Sue Palmer, The Horse Physio, 2022

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October 17, 2022
Sue Palmer