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        12-20-2011, 08:08 AM
    Beausant: Im really puzzled but honestly in most cases it is teeth that cause this problem so for the OP I would suggest having teeth checked to be sure.
    Horses who eat moist feed (beet pulp wet) can also get some stuck in their mouth and crank their head around and lick like crazy trying to get it off their cheek or gums but I have no idea what might be the problem in your case since teeth are done etc.
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        12-20-2011, 08:11 AM
    One of my horses does this with pelleted feed only, if fed dry. Even since his dental work.
        12-20-2011, 08:22 AM
    He does it with his grain, also...but not as is more a grass or hay type problem. Some days he'll do it ALOT, some days not.....

    I am somewhat comforted that at least a few other people's horses do this once in a while....we thought ours was the only one.

    Since we've ruled out teeth, though....not sure where else to go from there.....

    Am anxiously awaiting the OP's vet update....
        12-20-2011, 08:49 AM
    Saddlebag I think there are likely a number of reasons horses tilt when eating, food is small, getting paste wormers etc,. Hay that they are eating with poor teeth and can't chew or break it up enough to swallow, many many reasons but most rely on good teeth for proper chewing an digestion.
    Of course what you describe seems to me is simply a habit for that particular horse?

    I would always check teeth first as proper chewing and digestion are important and the obvious first things to check because they are not expensive.
    If teeth checked out fine and there was still concern I would next think about scope. (especially if the horse has colic or choke issues) because you then must consider if the horse has something related to the swallowing function (which aides in digestion) or some other problem associated with esophageal malfunction which would then be a good route to investigate.
    Definitely time to get in a vet if teeth are ruled out and you still feel discomfort or concern about your horse or if you have a horse that has other problems as I have said above that relate to digestion.
        12-20-2011, 10:05 AM
    Originally Posted by Beauseant    
    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.
    Did your vet use the speculum and a light to examine the back molars?

    Nothing aganist your vet - just experience with horses coming in to our barn that had "just been checked" and indeed had hooks on back molars.
        12-20-2011, 11:53 AM
    Yes. He was sedated. The vet used the speculum, a headlight to look inside, etc. he uses the power tools things. He floated his teeth .... he also checked for TMJ issues....

    He also specializes in equine dentistry and nutrition.
        12-20-2011, 12:52 PM
    I am thinking it's more of a problem throat problem rather than teeth, she seem to be chewing well it's the swallowing that looks like the problem.
        12-21-2011, 08:50 PM
    Well the vet came out her teeth are fine no visible blockage, irritation, lumps in her throat, put her on 15 cc's of penn for 5 days for precaution in case there are micro tears that can't be seen, gulteral? Pouch checked out. He said it is possible that she did choke but I didn't catch it. "She has no fever and condition is fine, so just keep an eye on her, let it run it's course but call if it gets worse or she chokes" he says. Sorry Beauseant I wish there was more. I'll just keep watching her to see if she gets better or worse after the meds and then maybe take her another vet. She doesn't have food aggression and shares a pen with a weanling so there is no real competition for food in her case.

    Thank you for all your input on this issue
        12-21-2011, 11:17 PM
    Cmarie, we are watching Beau closely....he didn't do it today, but we don't get excited as he has gone three days without doing it, the BAM! He does it alot...

    I am going to take a video of it and send to the vet for his opinion on whether he needs to examine his throat or not.....

    I will keep your name in mind, since both of our horses share this rather rare issue, and I will let you know if we find out anything from our vet if he decides to come out to examine him.

    Keep me posted on any updates, and I will do the same.
        12-21-2011, 11:25 PM
    Thanks I wish I had news to give you for this problem, I'll keep doing research to see if I can find anything. One question when your horse chokes does he put his head down and stuff comes out the nose or was it like a person choking?

    choking, thyroid

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