Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares View Post
My 2 cents from my experiences. If she's not lame and not refusing to go, I doubt she's hurting.
I have this feeling that my girl would keep going, even if in pain, just because that's the kind of horse she is.
If she isn't telling you she is hurting then you may never know. You can either have a farrier assess her feet or you can assume she is always hurting even when she is not showing signs, or you can choose to believe she is "telling" the truth when she shows no signs of lameness.
Sarahfromsc felt bad about her horse, but one of two things happened for her: he was telling her and she did not hear him or he wasn't telling her. Plus, some horses can process abscesses with little or no pain. The first is not a criticism, my own mare is a very stoic horse and often does not let on about things until it is critical.
So I guess, in answer to your original question, signs your horse's feet are hurting could include (but are not limited to
-reluctance to move about on her own
-unusual stance, like leaning back away from forefeet or constantly shifting weight from one foot to the other, or pointing one foot more often than the other while standing.
-response to a farrier's foot tester
-"walking on eggshells" on very hard or rocky surfaces
-reluctance to pick up feet for cleaning, especially if a horse has already been trained to do this properly.
-shorter strides than normal
-changes in gait with a rider on vs. no rider
-abnormal changes in attitude, like "depression" or crankiness