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post #1 of 5 Old 04-05-2013, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Your opinion on Gabapentin (for horses)

I have a headshaker, and I am working hard to try to try and help her as much as I can. I take her out daily and examine her symptoms during grooming and lunging and record what happens each day. So far we have tried a UV mask (which hasn't done much) and I have ordered a nose net for her to see if that will help.

I was convinced it was most likely allergies, but when I took her out yesterday, my opinion has completely changed. Yesterday it was raining, and the rain was triggering the head shaking. I found that if I cupped my hands over her muzzle, it seemed to help some. I am not leaning towards the possibility of it being neurological, possibly combined with stress and nervousness??

I am thinking of trying gabapentin with her. Has anyone tried this and/or has any opinion on it?

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post #2 of 5 Old 04-05-2013, 06:19 PM
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I had never heard of it so I looked it up.

Gabapentin for Veterinary Use

Can this be bought OTC? without a vet giving the ok? I read some 2011 comments on another forum.

Between those comments and this link, I wouldn't go near this stuff without the vet saying it was ok. JMO

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post #3 of 5 Old 07-06-2013, 12:17 PM
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gabapentin for horses

I have a thoroughbred who was diagnosed with headshaking syndrome three years ago. He was unrideable while affected by the syndrome. I start him on gabapentin in the spring when he begins showing signs of irritation. I increase his dosage until he reaches 1500 mg twice a day, which seems to ease the headshaking and makes him rideable and comfortable. I get the gabapentin from with a prescription from my vet.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-07-2013, 11:42 AM
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No not OTC. RX only It is used for many things in humans as well. Helps control seizures for epileptics among other things.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-07-2013, 10:48 PM
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Gabapentin is widely used for neuropathic pain. However; in my opinion, there are much better drugs on the market now to treat such types of neuropathy. Although, Gaba does tend to be a lot less expensive. I'd be interested to know what your vet RX's for you.

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