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Date Posted: 09:26:22 11/09/10 Tue
Author: Megan
Subject: Head shaking
In reply to: Denise 's message, "Head shaking" on 06:51:55 11/08/10 Mon

Hi Denise,

My mothers Paint gelding also has this issue, or one very similar to your horses'. With her gelding, it is a seasonal allergy that triggers it. He does the same thing, shakes his head vigorously and suddely, but not all the time. It's really bad in the summertime. He's almost unrideable in the summer unless you have a pretty strong seat because sometimes he throws his head down and shakes it at the same time because he's so irritated and it throws your seat off. But during the winter, he does't shake his head once.

Ask your vet about this. There may be an anti-allergy pill you can give him or special eye drops. There is a pretty good article about this in the Equus magazine although it is from a past issue. You may be able to find it online.

Also I thought I'd mention that my mother's geldings head shaking did not start happening until like age 12 or 13. She bought him at 10-11 years old so we have no knowledge as to whether he did this before or not, but it is seasonal. I hope this helps. :)


-Megan

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