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post #1 of 11 Old 07-03-2012, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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Headshaker help

just a quick not to see if any1 has a horse that is a horizontal headshaker?
mine can be quite nasty and his latest is when on the lunge just to do some light work and i ask him to trot he turns to me ears back, comes towards and rears! is this headshaker behaviour or just naughtiness
he even rears when ridding (not that i do often at this time of year) naps, stops, bucks, this ive been putting down to sheer pain, so hence why i started lungeing and im still having a problem

id love to hear from people that have had or got a headshaker to understand where im coming from and what the best helpfull methods would be for him


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post #2 of 11 Old 07-03-2012, 12:14 PM
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Wow, it seems the head shaking is the least of his problems. Does he shake his head like that on his own time? If there is no physical reason for him to shake his head give him some boot camp training & the head shaking should go away.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-03-2012, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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he doesnt seem to ive watched him in the field and he does occasionally twitch his head but he will paw at the ground drag his nose, when he comes in he throws his head all over his haynets like to relieve pressure and seek relief
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-03-2012, 12:19 PM
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He's not happy being worked. You need to start over with him. Teach him respect for your leadership in every way possible. That doesn't mean that you are harsh with him. DEMAND perfect behavior in the halter, while tied, while being brushed, while picking out feet. DEMAND perfect behavior while tacking up, and under the lunge.
This is a circumstance where Clinton Anderson's "Lunging for Respect" would be a good fix.
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i dont back down not by a long shot and my lunge whip is always on the floor it was just hard to determine if he was actually being naughty or in pain and the way he is being on the lunge is naughty point blank, but they say behaviour problems is a big issue with headshakers,
he isnt a violent headshaker more of no manners and doesnt like being told what to do and i pressume he is challenging me about it
i will look up that in regards to lunging thankyou
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post #6 of 11 Old 07-03-2012, 03:06 PM
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Have you had his teeth checked?

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post #7 of 11 Old 07-04-2012, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Teeth, back, neck , tack all have been checked
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-04-2012, 02:52 AM
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Ears? A friend had a horse who became quite the headshaker. After many trips to the vet and a variety of treatments it was determined he had severe allergies and allergic reactions. Once treated it took a little bit but his head shaking stopped and so did his bad behavior. Oh, has this horse seen a chiropractor His poll amd/or jaw coul be out. We have had wonderful results with chiropratic treatment. Acupunture is another option as well.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-04-2012, 05:37 AM Thread Starter
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ive checked his ears they are clear he didnt mind me touching them even

it seems to be one side of his face that causes him discomfort, so more head related, sinus maybe but no snotty nose runny eyes or nothing and his shake is more of a twitch as if he was turning to get something of his body but a very quick sudden twitch and he hill headshake all the way to the field and try and nip,
i stable him every night, give a small scoop of calm and condition with pollenx
tried him with the muzzle nets made no dufference what so ever
if you stand on a mounting block to get on he will just go back and back

i think whats more upsetting is not knowing how to help him, to ease anything, ive read about herbs but wouldnt know what was best,
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-04-2012, 07:01 AM
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My thoroughbred was diagnosed with equine head shaking syndrome back In the summer of 2010 due to my horse having light sensitivity. My horses head shaking is seasonal and does not always head shakes. He usually head shakes and show other symtoms during the summer. But when my horse did have really bad days of head shaking he did basically rear due to twitching his head so bad. These days are basically rare now due to ways I try to prevent it. But my horse does do it on his own time as well and just not when being ridden.
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