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Date Posted: 06:51:55 11/08/10 Mon
Author: Denise
Subject: Head shaking

Hi everyone it's me again with another question. Thanks for all the replies on the bowing question. I am laying off the bowing trick for awhile to see if it makes a difference for the blacksmith. My next question is about headshaking. I have watched headshaking on you tube and what my horse does is not like the typical headshaking horse. Lately when I ride my horse will shake his head like there is a fly on his face or something bothering him. He doesn't do it in his stall or in the pasture but only when I ride him. I thought maybe it was the bit bothering him so I tried the bitless bridle. I thought maybe it was his saddle so i rode in my treeless saddle. It did not seem to matter, eventually he still did it. I don't know if it is behavioral or something is really bothering him. He has always reached down to scratch the sides of his mouth on the inside of his front legs when he has his bridle on almost if the sides of his mouth are itchy from the bridle or bit, but this head shaking thing has just started for just a few months now. He has recently had his teeth checked and floated by a very good equine dentist,he has never had scratches, I tried to look inside his ears but couldn't see any thing in there that appeared to be wrong. Any ideas from anyone on this? I know there is a syndrome in horses called headshaking syndrome but this does not appear to be that from thee research I've done and it just started and he is seven years old.

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