Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
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I hestitated to add to this thread. I had a mare I loved very dearly. She had head shaking syndrom which is a broad brush term used for "could be any disorder under the sun, we don't know, possibly caused by facial neurological abnormalities, maybe allergies, maybe ....". It has no finite set of symptoms. She often did this (rolled her eyes, yawned) in the beginning, then a lot when she was haltered or bridled. The disease progresses w age - as did hers. It is rare....which is why I did not want to mention it. She, in fact, had been injured in the face when she was a very young filly. Most that have it have no injuries.
She was a super calm and sweet mare, it was not a "habit", it was a symptom of the disorder. It was easy to "miss" the signs in the beginning.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.