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  • Small scabs in horses ears and shaking his head

 
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    08-25-2010, 05:54 PM
  #1
Foal
Head Tossing

Hello,
The last couple of days my horse has been tossing his head alot, yesterday he caught me in the chin and I was lucky to still be standing. This has never been a problem with him and its not due to his halter or his bridle because he does it all the time. I noticed a couple sores on his nose which I'm sure are from hom testing the new electric fence. He also has some small scabs in his ears. Could one or both of these things be causing him to toss his head like this? What could the scabs in his ears be and what can I do to clear them up? Any ideas or advice please and thank you?!
     
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    08-25-2010, 06:06 PM
  #2
Showing
Does he usually toss his head some or is the head tossing a completely new behavior? If it is already a common thing that has just gotten worse, then I would venture a guess that it is a behavioral problem. If it is a new thing that just suddenly sprang up, then I would bet it is due to discomfort. It could be the sores on his nose getting touched by the halter hurts, or maybe he has a bug in his ear that is chewing on him. In my experience, those little crusty scabs in the ears are usually caused by flies and gnats going to dinner in there. Those little ear-fly guard things would probably help.
     
    08-25-2010, 07:20 PM
  #3
Foal
It's completely new behavior, usually he has perfect ground manners. He's been a big suck lately too, well more then usual. I thought it was because it was a new place with new horses but he is definitely in some sort of discomfort now. I'm going to pick him up a mask with ear covers, and hopefully the sores heal up on his nose quickly so he's back to his old self. Thanks for the help.
     
    08-25-2010, 07:35 PM
  #4
Showing
Of course, that may not be the whole reason for his attitude change. If there are other sudden behavioral changes, you might want to get him checked out by a vet just to make sure that he isn't colicking or having a reaction to something in his new environment. How long has he been at this new place?
     
    08-25-2010, 07:46 PM
  #5
Foal
He's been here for about a week (I noticed the head tossing about 2 days ago). He doesn't spend a whole lot of time with the other 2 horses here but he's always been that way, complete oposite of herd bound. He was caughing about a month ago at the old place but that cleared up. He got a bit jealous of my boyfriend (we all live in the same place now, Cooper was boarded before) but my boyfriend has been making a point of spending time with him so he gets over it. Really there hasn't been anything other then what I listed.
     
    08-25-2010, 08:02 PM
  #6
Green Broke
I would have a vet check his ears. Could have ear miites or something and I would have his teeth checked.
     
    08-25-2010, 09:16 PM
  #7
Trained
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Originally Posted by char1y    
It's completely new behavior, usually he has perfect ground manners. He's been a big suck lately too, well more then usual. I thought it was because it was a new place with new horses but he is definitely in some sort of discomfort now. I'm going to pick him up a mask with ear covers, and hopefully the sores heal up on his nose quickly so he's back to his old self. Thanks for the help.
In addition to the fly mask, I would start backing him off fairly aggressively (not meanly, just quickly), when he starts flipping his head when near you...while a horse may be in a bit of discomfort, I still want him to respect my space, and not do things (like head tossing) while I am near him, and could get hurt. My guess is that there is some slight discomfort (due to flies, and the sores), but don't let the head tossing put YOU in danger when you are near him. The combination with the ears, nose, and new place; I am guessing the head tossing is part of his way of telling you he is not too thrilled!
     
    08-25-2010, 09:28 PM
  #8
Weanling
I agree that the scabs in his ears could be from bugs. If he will let you - have a boo in there and see if you can see anything (here in Alberta I worry about ticks in their ears right now). If you see anything get a vet out to help out. Actually even if you don't see anything. As for his nose it might just be a casualty of his head tossing (my gelding has sores from scratching mosquito bites). Also if you have'nt already, I'd get his teeth checked and maybe floated (whatever is needed).
     
    08-25-2010, 09:59 PM
  #9
Weanling
I would get a vet out there because it could be mites or neurological. I know a horse who has the perfect ground manners but ones day he started shaking his head for no reason and it turned out to be head shakers syndrome.
     
    08-25-2010, 11:01 PM
  #10
Weanling
He may need his teeth floated. We had a mare that tossed her head a LOT and we got her teeth floated and she was MUCH better after that.
     

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