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    08-04-2012, 12:31 PM
  #1
Foal
Head Shaking Syndrome???

Here are the symptoms:

Diagnosed with cataracts spring of this year
Itchy skin (rubbing head and neck routinely on stall doors)
Girth Itch
Involuntary twitching of the head and muzzle/lips
Dry skin sores on neck


Head shaking syndrome? Has anyone else had expereince with this?

The horse is a 22 year old Arabian gelding. He is sound and is ridden in lessons daily wtc and over small jumps.
     
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    08-04-2012, 12:43 PM
  #2
Showing
Head shaking syndrome.... My qh has it. At first I thought it was stubborness, or her not wanting to work, etc. - nope, it IS a medical issue (either allergies or flies or dust).

I got nose net Cashel Quiet Ride Nose Net - Adams Horse and Pet Supply and it did a magic (I also put a short riding mask with ears on for eye protection (Cashel Quiet Ride Fly Mask - Standard Nose - Adams Horse and Pet Supply) ). BTW, long nose riding mask didn't do the trick - I specifically needed the nose net (that is long and covers nostrils completely).

All I can say I can see the difference right away if I have one on and I go without one. Without is nothing but horse shaking a head and miserable ride.
     
    08-04-2012, 12:52 PM
  #3
Yearling
Yes my horse Cocoa had head shaking syndrome the last year of her life. We had bought her the Guardian Mask and believe it or not... it worked! She was able to stand quietly and comfortably when it was on.

Please check it out. While they are a little pricey they are very well made and worth it to help the horse.

Guardian Mask - Uveitis, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Eye Cancer & Eye Injuries

I still have Cocoa's and was considering selling it on ebay.
Let me know what size you need and if I have that size (have to check and see what size hers was) I will be more than happy to sell it to you for less than the new ones.
     
    08-04-2012, 02:39 PM
  #4
Foal
Thanks for the feed back and recommendations. He is currently turned out in a fly mask, I will look into purchasing the others.

I need a small horse size, to fit an Arab. He's ridden in a cob sized bridle.

The first time I noticed the twitching was today in his stall, after he finished eating, no issues yet while being ridden.

Are his symptoms similar to how it started in your guys?
     
    08-04-2012, 10:31 PM
  #5
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by shwhntr    
Thanks for the feed back and recommendations. He is currently turned out in a fly mask, I will look into purchasing the others.

I need a small horse size, to fit an Arab. He's ridden in a cob sized bridle.

The first time I noticed the twitching was today in his stall, after he finished eating, no issues yet while being ridden.

Are his symptoms similar to how it started in your guys?
I didn't have issues for a while, but then it started out of nowhere couple years back in Spring: during the ride she started to shake her head up and down. As I said I blamed it on lack of training first, but ended up being a real issue. I still think it's either dust or allergy, but can't tell for sure. She doesn't seem to have this problem in field though, only in ring.
     
    08-05-2012, 07:37 AM
  #6
Yearling
Cocoa's started suddenly. We called our then-vet out (he was a jerk. We have since replaced him with an awesome vet) and he couldnt figure it out. Thought she was being a bad horse in his opinion.
We did some online research ourselves and found the HSS info. It fit the description. We found the Guardian Mask and ordered it. Immediately it relieved her shaking. We only needed to leave it on during sunlight hours. In the evening she'd be fine.

During her "episodes" before the mask came, she would be better if she stood under the fan in her run in shelter.
     
    08-05-2012, 01:39 PM
  #7
Foal
I don't think HSS is his issue. It appeared more as a seizure to me. His whole head and neck were twitching up and down (not side to side), then that eased and it was just his muzzle "vibrating", it last a little under a minute.
     
    08-05-2012, 02:09 PM
  #8
Showing
Actually that does NOT sound like HSS to me either. What the vet says?
     

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