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    07-09-2010, 02:42 PM
Headshaking syndrome or something else?

Ok so yesterday I went out to ride my horse and what not. I got there and he was just doing little twitches at first with his head. We went on a ride it got very bad, his head was going up and down, side ways and everything..and I did not change any of his tack lately. I checked it also. And he would not go..he is normaly a very lazy horse but when I tell him to go he goes. So I atleast ended the ride on a postive note and him listening to me but the whole time is head was every where. I got off and lunged for bit he did the head shaking for a few mintues but not bad. As the day went on he did it a few more times.

So today I went to the barn again and he was already doing his head twitch to side right off the bat. I put him in the round pen while I did his stall and he was walking around thorwing his head up and down and doing more random twitches. My dad took him to graze while I finish his stall and he ate a bit and did the twitch.. So after all of this I think he might of Head shaking syndrome or something else. All of his little twitches and throwing of head and everything has pointed to that. I came home and research it more. Im proably going to call the vet tomorrow. So I was wondering if anyone had a horse or knows a horse who did that. And if anyone has a video of it so I can compare thanks..
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    07-09-2010, 03:40 PM
Sorry I do not know your history. Is this horse new to you or have you owned it for some time? Is this the first time this has happened?

Edit to add - I just read your signature line, you have had this horse since November of last year. So you have had him straight thru until now.

I would doubt this is sun light activated head shaking syndrome because it would have shown before now. More likely there is something going on. Did you check your horses nose and ears out really well?
    07-09-2010, 03:51 PM
He has acted like this before ..but only like three times but not nearly as bad ...Like he did a few twitches to the side for a couple of minutes and stop. I didn't think anything of it until he started doing it really bad these past few days. Tomorrow I will check his nose and ears. He did get sunburn on his nose but it has since cleared up. Im just starting to get worried. And see what other people think.
    07-09-2010, 07:12 PM
Also heres another random thing I weas watching him while he was eating and he chopped a few bites and tossed/twitched his head..ate more and did it again...
    07-10-2010, 04:57 PM
It's always a good idea to get a vet exam when you see new, erractic behavior in your horse. This could be from issues in the ear, eye, guttural pouch, teeth, etc so an exam and a discussion of what was seen would be a good idea.
    07-10-2010, 06:20 PM
Ok thankyou, that was what I was planning on doing. Having the vet do a through exam.
    07-11-2010, 08:50 PM
I would first check your horses ears. If he is very defiant about you messing with them and this is not normal behavior it could be an ear infection a tick or something else. You can stick a big cotton ball soaked in alcohol in there or use disinfecting wipes (thats what they clean them with at the vet). But definitely check the ears.

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