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    01-31-2012, 05:28 AM
Mini horse shakes her head - any ideas why?


I have just brought a very sweet little miniature mare as my on going search for a horse is taking so long and I really miss having a horse in the paddock. Plus I have always wanted one but am already feeling the itch to get her a buddy!
I have noticed that in the paddock when alone she drops her head down and shakes it from side to side, then usually will spin off to the side. She doesnt do it constantly and hasnt done it if I am interacting with her. We only picked her up yesterday so she is still settling in but I wonder if this is a behavioural thing or possibly a medical issue? She doesnt toss her head up and down which is what I have seen in horses before. I've never seen a horse do this.

Any ideas or reasons for concern?

Many thanks

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    01-31-2012, 09:04 AM
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Check inside her ears for any kind of sores and/or ticks. Ticks love to get in a horse's ears and they can be a real pain to get out because they are hurting the horse and you're trying to pull them out

She could also have dry skin and it's flaking in her ears.

Sometimes horses will get little wart-like bumps in their ears that itch. One of my horses had them when I bought him but, amazingly, they disappeared after I changed his diet

Can you get Witch Hazel? Here in the U.S. It can be found in any drug store, WalMart, grocery store, etc.

When one of my other horses had bug bites in his ears, the vet had me wet a cotton ball (not dripping wet), gently massage/clean his ears, then gave me a medication to wipe in there.

Your Mini may not appreaciate you poking around in her ears. Try to do it in a gentle massaging way and don't make eye contact with her.

After I've said all that, the head shaking could be something else. Hopefully others will come in with more thoughts

If you can't get it figured out, then I would call the vet
    01-31-2012, 01:40 PM
Ticks would be my bet, they are very common in horse ears. The vet I worked for recommended using over-the-counter earmite/tick drops meant for dogs and cats. If the tick is too deep in the ear though the horse will have to be sedated and the tick removed manually.

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