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    04-30-2007, 09:25 PM
Head Bobbing

Hello, I have owned my pony for 4 years now and about a year ago he would start bobbing his head and snorting as if he had flies in is nose. We understood on the sunny days, but when there wasn't a fly in sight, we began to wonder what was going on. Not only does he snort and bob his head, but when riding him he will even strike out with is front feet. It is very distracting for both him and his rider because he has such a violent reaction. I was wondering if anyone has ever come across this problem and if so if they had aever found a cure for it. Thanks.
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    05-01-2007, 12:04 AM
It sounds like a neurological problem. I would call your vet immediatly.
    05-01-2007, 12:38 AM
It could indeed be a neuro problem. It could also be that he needs his teeth floated. Or, as he is 4, he may have wolf teeth. Those come in right where the bit goes, making it painful to have a bit in their mouth. They can be pulled by a vet or equine dentist without any problem. They are not deep rooted, and are not "useful" teeth. It is quite common for male horses to have wolf teeth, alhough mares can have them too. They usually come in around 3-4 yrs. Of age. My friend just had her geldings wolf teeth pulled. He was so much happier afterward! A little sore for a couple of days, but no big deal.

Head tossing is the major symptom of problem teeth.

If it is just that they need floating... When their teeth don't grow evenly (most don't) they can have sharp spikes. It can be painful to have a bit in their mouth. It can also be painful period, sometimes they can puncture the roof or bottom of the mouth. Have your vet or equine dentist check his teeth. Floating isn't a big deal, but usually they do need to be mildly sedated. Again, no big deal. My horse just had her teeth floated for the first time last month. She takes the bit much better now! And no more head tossing.
    05-01-2007, 03:59 AM
Green Broke
Hi Bonbon,
The symptoms you describe sound like head shaking to me.

Head shaking symptoms are almost as varied as there are horses with Headshaking Syndrome. Below is a list of some of the symptoms, but not all horses have all of them :

Symptoms start in March/April and end in September/October.
Scratches his nose on his foreleg or an object.
Buries his nose in the tail of the horse in front of him.
Personality changes - an unhappy horse.
Constant sneezing/snorting while working.
Shakes at trot/cantor, but not at a walk.
Suddenly jerks his head up almost hitting the rider.
Constant blowing nose as if to expel something.
Shakes violently enough to lift front legs off of the ground.
Jerks suddenly like a bee just stung his nose.
Kicking one or the other foreleg towards their head.

There are different treatments available, over here in the UK, we have a piece of netting/mesh material which attaches to the noseband and covers the nose. Try doing a search on google for head shaking in horses.

I'm not a vet, so I'm not a 100%, but the symptoms you have said, does sound like it.

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