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post #1 of 15 Old 07-31-2013, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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Head shaking?

Ill say this now. Not my horse and the Vet said its nothing to worry about so they are no help. (or they don't care and second opinions are not affordable.)

My friend's TB mare has a head shaking issue. She dose it CONSTANTLY. lol her neck is as hard as a rock XD. She dose it more when she is 'stressed' (or is unhappy about something and is having a 'moment') I have some vid, not the best angle though.

When she shakes her head she tightens her lips too.

I was wondering if anyone has seen this before and can give me more information. All I can find is allergies but she dose this all year round.
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-31-2013, 07:11 AM
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It is often pain in the trigeminal nerve in the face and it seems that this can be made sensitive by mineral imbalances. My tb had head shaked for 3 years but by changing the grazing (no clover) and feeding salt she has stopped shaking. Feeding salt has been successful with others too according to the threads I have read). Worth a try. The salt is to reduce potassium spikes.
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It may be the angle of the vid but I don't see head shaking as I would think of head shaking..what I see there is simply the horse moving their head in reaction to stimuli..or play..head bobbing. My horse did that with the cross ties..he liked making them swing so he would bob his head up and down. I didn't see stress in that particular vid..she was quiet and licking her lips.

Does she shake her head while being ridden..like she is trying to rid herself of flies? Are the muscles quivering like what you might see in a muscle spasm?

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I have something similar with my qh, but she mostly does it when we ride (most likely allergy and/or flies). Using nose net on bridle helped A LOT.

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My grandpa had a horse years ago. He has him for about 10 years, and the entire time he the horse (Tony), he had a muscle spasm thing in his upper lip. His whole nose and top lip would curl and pull to one side. It just happened whenever it felt like it, nothing caused it. We had different vets out to take a look and said it was probably something that happened when he was a colt. The vet said as long as he was eating normally and didn't act stressed that it was nothing to worry about.

I wouldn't think to much of the head bobbing. If the vet says it's nothing to worry about it's probably nothing to worry about.
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I didn't see anything, but a horse standing in cross ties.
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post #7 of 15 Old 07-31-2013, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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She tucks her head and shakes it up in down fast (not tossing her head just a small shake). she also clenches her teeth and tightens her lips. She dose it ALL the time. weather she is in her stall, grazing, out with the other horses or being ridden. Its hard to see from that angle. Ill try to get better vid tomarrow (if i have a camera -_-')

in the vid every time she tucks her head she is doing it. watch her mouth and you will see what im talking about.
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My thoroughbred also sometimes does this, most of the time mine does it when she is mad or something really interests her. I guess the only thing I could recommend would maybe see a chiro?
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post #9 of 15 Old 07-31-2013, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Ill let them know. I think she may have a neurological issue. She dose it more when she is ticked off but she even dose it in her sleep (and sometimes wakes herself up). Idk but I also find it weird that she cannot make a sound. She tries and its muffled like something happened to her voice box. could it be connected?
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Ah, ive heard this from my BO because we have a mare that does this. She is half TB and the BO says that some TBs have a gene or something that when light hits their eyes at a specific angle they toss their head just like in the video and how you are describing. Im sorry if im bad at explaining because I cant remember everything she said about it. And just to add, the mare at my barn that does this does it regardles of the situation, and does it when shes sorta dozing off and when shes being ridden. I can try and take a video lol
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