Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Manawatu, New Zealand
Help my horse is Head flicking
I own a 13 yr old tb gelding. I have owned him for 3 yrs and he has always had a mild head flick sometimes accompanied with a foot stomp. It can be hard to school as it can take his attention away but in general hasn't been an issue (been competing at dressage without an prob).
This year his head flick is severe..... its to the point where I can't get forward movement and if he is pushed too hard his head flicks hard enough it causes him to rear and then buck due to frustration.
I know he is not being naughty, he is the most giving horse I have had and will comply ridden even if dog lame. I've had him checked by a chiropractor who has given him the all clear. I can ride in a halter with the same problem and his teeth have been done regularly. He has had the same saddle for the last three years and has been checked and fits fine.
He is currently (since before symptoms started) on Mycosorb and equi-guard plus pellets (toxin binders).
I love my boy and hate to see him this way!!! He can run around the paddock happily and gets a reasonable flick on the lunge but the big problem is ridden. He gets bad enough that he is going to head butt me in the saddle.
I,m open to all suggestions, any other questions please ask.......... Help me save my boy!!!