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Over the last few months of having my horses on my own property I've noticed Phantom does this weird head shaking thing.

He's around 35 years old give or take a few years but that's what our dentist has clocked him at and said he might even be older. He's completely normal other than this and a few other behavioral things I've noticed. The vet was just out for Spring shots and he was given a perfect bill of health other than he's starting to develop cataracts in his eyes. The left eye is worse than the right eye but no where near as bad as they could be for his age. Dopey me forgot to ask about the head shaking.

The only behavioral things I've noticed are he walked into the gate while I was leading him once, from his left side so I'm not sure if that was due to the cataract or if he "forgot" to wait for the gate to open. Also, at feeding time instead of walking over towards the gate he walks to the back of the pasture. No one chases him off he just off and wanders back there then stands around looking confused.

Could he possibly be going senile? Is that possible? He has no teeth in the back, vet puts him in a clean bill of health, still trots and gallops around to play with the others. No one else does this just him so I'm not thinking hay. He's on soaked Purina Complete Senior and Timothy/Alfalfa pellets twice a day and in his stall he gets a flake of the softest hay I can find so he thinks he's getting something. As far as I can tell he's as happy as a clam.

In the video (please watch the whole thing if possible because he does a couple different things) he varies what he does. He'll bob his head, toss his head, look around like flies are bugging him, shake his head a bit, look around confused, it's strange. And I know in the video it's a windy day but he does it on nice, sunny days as well. He also does it when in his stall. It just worries me, granted I tend to be a worry wart but this doesn't seem normal to me.

Here's the video, any questions feel free to ask. My vet will be at my friend's house to do her horses' shots in the next two weeks I plan on getting a few videos of him doing it together to show her and see if it's worth the farm call or if I'm worrying too much. Also, please excuse the field it's due for a good drag but it's been either frozen or muddy I'm hoping to get it done this week. Oh and ignore our commentary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVweJlTrmkI
(I cannot get the video to link properly I apologize)
 

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Does he do it at night?
Yes. If he isn't napping he'll shake it every few seconds/minutes. When he's sleeping he doesn't do it. Doesn't matter if it's sunny, overcast, cold, warm, windy, still. He just looks so confused when he does it sometimes.
 

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So my vet was out at my friend's place today and I went over and showed her the video I posted here and another that I had. She doesn't seem to be worried at all. She said as long as it is not hindering his daily life and as long as he's not showing any pain not to worry about it. If it starts disrupting eating, drinking, and potty time or if I notice him dramatically dropping weight then it's time to worry.

She is however going to send the videos to a few of her specialist friends to get their input. I trust her opinion and other than the head shaking/moving and those slight behavior issues (which may be due to the cataracts) he's completely normal. Eats like a fiend, drinks, runs, plays, bathroom habits are normal.

I guess I'm just a worry wart, I was just wondering if anyone else had any experience with a horse (senior horse in particular) doing that.
 
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