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    12-19-2011, 12:47 AM
Exclamation mare lifts and tilts head to the right when swallowing

Hi was was wondering if anyone has had a horse do this, one of my paint mare has started to lift her head and tilt it to the right when swallowing her hay, she is not in distress, is breathing normal, nothing coming out of her nose, no noticeable lumps in her throat or her jaw. I've had horses for over 20 yrs and haven't seen this before, vet says, doesn't sound like she's choking because no discharge and not distressed, is coming out Wednesday to check on her, I live very rural and closes vet is a couple hours away. Just wondering if anyone has had anything similar. Thinking maybe enlarged thyroid???

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    12-19-2011, 12:51 AM
When was the last time her teeth were done? If she has sharp points on one side it could be bothering her to chew on that side so she tilts her head to try to chew as little as possible on the ouchie side.
    12-19-2011, 12:59 AM
She had them done in the spring I did check her mouth and tongue her teeth looked ok no obvious waves or points as far as I could see, but it wasn't much she didn't care to much for me looking in her mouth
    12-19-2011, 01:03 AM
Not sure how this works so sorry if this is a double post, she had her teeth done in the spring, did check her mouth and tongue to see if I could see anything, the teeth didn't have any visible waves or sharp points, she didn't care for me looking in her mouth to much though.
    12-19-2011, 01:05 AM
Beau does this!!!

He suffered a severe choke in October, and since then we have noticed that he will tilt his head to one side when swallowing....We were wondering why he is doing this also....

His teeth were floated a few weeks ago, but the tilting when swallowing continues.

It doesn't happen every time he chews, it is random. Some days he won't do it at all, other days he does it alot.....

PLEASE let me know what your vet has to say...
    12-19-2011, 01:09 AM
I will hopefully the vet can tell me what's going on, it's alittle worrisome.
    12-19-2011, 01:14 AM
Originally Posted by cmarie    
I will hopefully the vet can tell me what's going on, it's alittle worrisome.
VERY worrisome!! My son has been freaking out about this for weeks!
    12-19-2011, 01:21 AM
When he does it can you see anything he's swallowing like a lump going down, I can't in my mare and she doesn't always do it with every bite but at every meal.
    12-19-2011, 07:48 AM
Generally any type of head tilting when eating is related to teeth. Have your vet re check the teeth. Horses who chew on one side will actually create another problem, the teeth will wear down on one side causing an imbalance or wearing down of the teeth on that side only. It can lead to other problems.
    12-19-2011, 08:57 AM
Beau had a complete dental exam (including TMJ check) and teeth floating 3 weeks ago....and he continues to tilt his head. Vet could find no mouth/dental reason for him to do this.

So, in his case, it is NOT teeth/TMJ problems.

choking, thyroid

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