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post #1 of 17 Old 12-24-2012, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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Horse making weird motion with neck, maybe colic??

So I had a horse brought to my house recently by a friend as a trail horse for my wife. Supposedly it was supposed to be the best trail horse that I would ever own (so he says) anywho I noticed it was making this head motion when he unloaded it and put it in my stall. He immediatly asked me if I had any feed in the stall. I replied with NO. There was nothing in the stall at all. It has been 4 days and the horse is still doing it. Also I tried to ride it friday and the horse was acting crazy he was throwing his head wildly and I called the guy back and he said it was very uncharactistic of the animal and that it had always been a very level headed horse as long as he had it the past 2 years. The guy is going to make the deal ok I have no fear in that but I am concerned why the horse is doing this. Is it possibly something loged in his throat or what could it be?? Check out the video I will link here. In the video you will see he is doing this over and over.
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That is weird! The only thing I can thnk of is something lodged in his mouth or throat. He's chewing a lot and trying to swallow. I think the vet needs to see this one. Good luck
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A poll problem?
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That is sad. I would have a vet check him for sure. Pollen, dust, stress, light, etc., can cause "head shaking". I would want to rule out an object being stuck or something being inflammed/swollen...which seems more likely.

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post #5 of 17 Old 12-24-2012, 03:20 AM
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I agree, something is not right. Get a vet out to look. Good luck.

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Sounds like a horse who has a history of choke to me. Especially since you mention he asked if there was feed in the stall. Something isnt right. Ulcers even creating mild colic like symptoms?

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I would love to get a vet out to look at it but the thing is I just purchased this horse and I feel that if anything vet wise needs to be done it should be done by the previous owner. He is coming to pick the horse up wednesday and is going to just take it back. As hard as it sounds I do really feel bad for the horse but at the same time I dont wont to get a sick horse. I payed top dollar for a good trail horse not a lame sick horse, anyone feel where I am coming from?
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I would love to get a vet out to look at it but the thing is I just purchased this horse and I feel that if anything vet wise needs to be done it should be done by the previous owner. He is coming to pick the horse up wednesday and is going to just take it back. As hard as it sounds I do really feel bad for the horse but at the same time I dont wont to get a sick horse. I payed top dollar for a good trail horse not a lame sick horse, anyone feel where I am coming from?
Yes, I can see where you are coming from. I think it is fortunate for you they will take the horse back - I do hope the fellow gets the vet attention he needs.
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It almost looks like he is cribbing. Some horses can learn how to do it without grasping a wall/ fence/ bucket/ etc. The seller may have asked if there was feed in the stall as sometimes grain or non-hay feeds can be a trigger for cribbing.

If it were choke, I would expect coughing, neck stretching, chewing/ mouth movement, and possible drooling. This guy looks like he is licking his lips after each neck curl.

Edited to add a video of something similar.
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It almost looks like he is cribbing. Some horses can learn how to do it without grasping a wall/ fence/ bucket/ etc. The seller may have asked if there was feed in the stall as sometimes grain or non-hay feeds can be a trigger for cribbing.

If it were choke, I would expect coughing, neck stretching, chewing/ mouth movement, and possible drooling. This guy looks like he is licking his lips after each neck curl.

Edited to add a video of something similar.
Windsucking mare (cribbing) - YouTube

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That's what I was going to suggest as well. They usually look distressed when they are choking, he doesn't look distressed at all. He looks more like he is enjoying the sensation.

Very strange, I would be interested in hearing what it turns out to be if you or the original owner do have a vet out.

Edit to add this video also:

Looks pretty much like your guy.

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