Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
Does he have an ear infection? A horse will shake his head if he has an ear infection, a foreign body in the ear [such as a tick] or because of some sort of head trauma that affects the inner ear. The fact that he carries his head so low is what's got me concerned. Examine his ears, and perhaps a call to your vet is in order and he can tell you if he thinks it should be seen?
On the other hand, my mare will shake her head if her mane or forelock gets in her ears. I always have to braid her forelock and the first portion of her mane to keep it from happening. Also, does his fly mask have ears? You can also use fly bonnets while riding, or those easy-riders fly masks made for riding. You can also try to apply a good bit of fly spray via sponge or cloth on his face before a ride. Garlic powder added to his diet will help repel flies, and Ivermectin is an effective means to get rid of ticks, if that is the case.
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Last edited by riccil0ve; 05-10-2010 at 03:07 PM.