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post #1 of 2 Old 09-12-2009, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone have a headshy horse?

Murray is headshy and our belief is that he was ear twitched badly in his younger years which is why he is this way now.

Some people find him hard to halter and bridle. He shakes his head or raises his head up high. For me, since he's mainly mine, I found my own little methods, which one involves lowering the cheekpieces of his bridle before slipping it on. Haltering is no problem since he lets me.

He also has little "warts" in his ears, clearly visable. What are they? And anything to treat them, or should I just leave them? They are not bugging him.

Anyone have any methods with dealing with headshy horses? Thanks.

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post #2 of 2 Old 09-12-2009, 12:54 PM
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yes my 17.2 warblood is headshy (i think he was ear twitched aswell as he's especially fussy with his left ear), but like you - we've bonded and he lets me do anything - i spent all of the first summer i had him just faffing around and bonding with him until he let me do anything with his face/head
he only lets me and my mum touch his face though, he doesn't really trust anyone else, which is a problem sometimes - if he shoots his head up it's hard to reach it lol, i'm 5'9 though which helps =] )

my hanoverian has those warty things in his ears, i asked my vet about them and she just said (if i remember rightly) it's a bacteria that's carried on the wind and nothing to worry about, they'll go in time

hope that helps

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