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    09-26-2013, 02:44 PM
Head flicking/tossing

hi my 4 year old has a head tossin prob seems when the weather is bright and warm and she is workin its at its worst, even on the lunge without tack its there . Watching her in the field graxing its there , it looks like a tick , but when riding and on the lunge its realy massive .. itchy nose and puffing and blowing as well . Its not her teeth ears back or tack, iv tried mask and nose net without any differance and hay fever tablets . Its still there on dull days but is rideable . Can any body shed any light .
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    09-26-2013, 02:51 PM
Sounds to me like you should have her looked at. There are many possibilities for sure.
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    09-26-2013, 03:02 PM
Im trying to rule out a few things before I get the vet involved , im going down the seasonal route at the min, as it seems to be easing off as the weather is cooling down, I know how much vets cost and need to do these things first .
    09-26-2013, 03:02 PM
Head shaker's syndrome. It is usually seasonal. Keeping her in a stall during the day (out of the sun) seems to offer some relief to affected horses as there is a photosensitivity element to this problem. I had a horse with it and I took her off her pasture and drylotted her feeding her grass hay only. She didn't develop any symptoms this year. It may be related to endophytes (fungus) that grow on certain types of grass.
    09-26-2013, 03:05 PM
As suggested, get her checked over by a vet.
If there is a tick even in the pastures when grazing - it can be neurological, or even sensitive eyes (u mentioned she works worst in bright light)
    09-26-2013, 03:09 PM
Yes I agree with you sahara I think bright sun shine plays a big part in this shaking thing iv been keeping a diary and is worse on bright days , I was thinking of getting one of those uv riding masks with the detatatchable eye things they look like sun glasses for horses the write up on those seems good..
    09-26-2013, 03:34 PM
Looking at the info on the net most of the sighns she shows do go down the nerve / neurological route but it seems there is little can be done for her if that is the case .. im gona start her on a magnesium suppliment its supposed th quiet the nerves . I know the vet will have to be brought in at some point if things don't change but ill do what I can for her first ..
    09-26-2013, 05:30 PM
Wonderful to keep a diary, and getting as many clues as you can. However, unless you are a vet, I would hesitate to "eliminate" anything. Any vet worth their weight will take all of your info and come to their OWN conclusions, no matter what you think you have "eliminated". As a nurse I would caution you on testing and trying stuff too long. You may not be correct, and may end up with something that would be beyond repair. Same goes with people. THere is a reason vets and MD's go to school for as long as they do. If it was as simple as looking on the net, we wouldn't need them.
    09-27-2013, 02:40 AM
I wont leave it to long franknbeans thanks for your advice .. I wonder if there is any body out there that has a horse with head tossing or neuroligical head tossing problems and how have they delt with them, or how there vet has delt with it ? Just looking for help and advice on the condition rely .
    09-27-2013, 10:49 AM
My vet performed an endoscopy on my head tossing mare. Everything looked good there. They chalked it up to 'allergies'. She started head tossing hours after getting her rabies vaccine so that was the big culprit in my mind. However, correlation is not causation. After all the reading and researching I have done, I decided to keep her off pasture and feed hay only. Knock on wood, but she hasn't had any symptoms at all this year. Last year it started in April and went through September. She was absolutely miserable. It is a very frustrating situation. Good luck.

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