Hello hero. My horse has recently started head shaking more than normal, she had incident last week when she was really throwing her head to the floor and back up again. Luckily a vet was on the yard at the time and got to see her behaviour, the vet tells me she's never seen head shaking so severe. The cause of her head shaking is still unknown, it could be seasonal, but this is the first time she's ever done it (i've owned her for 6, almost 7 years now, and she's almost 12 years old).
The vet says it could be due to allergens, but it could also be something involving nerve pain. We're now keeping a diary every day of her behaviour and trying to paint a bigger picture.
Having had experience of the condition, what are the sorts of things you do to cope with it? We tried one of the muzzle nets to filter out any allergens, but she was terrified of it for some odd reason, and when we finally got it on she stood looking very upset by it, and refused to eat her food.
Another odd behaviour we have noticed is that she, for some odd reason, sometimes wont take treats out of my hand anymore. She moves towards the treat as if she wants it (she is never one to refuse food) and will often look to one side, and if you move the treat towards her she sort of snatches it, often dropping it on the floor, and throws her head in the air.. have you ever head of this happening before? Also what is interesting is that if you stand to the side of her, and hold her head down with the other arm, she will take the treat straight out my hand no problem (and her head doesnt end up in the air).
She's left us all completely baffled!
Any advice or answers will be greatly appreciated.