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lollybop

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lollybop says:

head shaker ?????????????

hey

ive fallen in love with a horse at my college (Hartpury college) and she a 5yo Mare and she is a head shaker. her owner told the college who told me that she does it because she was ridden with sharp teeth and mouth ulcers... and she had them done about a year or so ago im not to sure, but she still does the head shaking... i am one of the many of ridders who ride her as she is on the ridding school, and i dont know what the other ridders do on her, whether they pull her around or really gam her mouth i dont know. but i have been informed that her owner isnt bringing her back to college because her head shaking has got worse... but the owner has told the college that she wants me to bring Prinny (the horse lol) on to compete... im so excited, and this hopfully means that i will be the only one ridding her, but i need to help Prinny stop the head shaking... i think that because of her mouth problemS it is now phycological for Prinny and she cant stop it. i need help of tips and ways to help me help Prinny.

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soniadevereux

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Re: head shaker ?????????????

it could be a number of things,  Maybe she is in pain due to wrong size/thickness of bit, something in her ears, or her mouth/teeth. Some people say about riding with a nose net and it makes a difference. Maybe you can ask to try to ride her in a hackamore for a lesson or two to see if that makes a difference. Good luck and keep us posted. xx

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lollybop

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lollybop says:

Re: head shaker ?????????????

wont the hackamore hurt her?

xx

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greyandbay

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greyandbay says:

Re: head shaker ?????????????

A hackamore is a bitless bridle, so it's often used with horses who have a problem of some sort with their mouths.

It puts pressure on the nose, poll, and chin, rather than the mouth like an ordinary bit would, and it's very unlikely to hurt.

And try the nose net as well, as Sonia suggested.

It may be that having a lot of different riders, all doing different things with her, she'sbecome very confused as to what's wanted of her, and it's her way of evading things.

Hope you can sort something out with her.

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lollybop

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lollybop says:

Re: head shaker ?????????????

ok thank you very much

 

i dont want to stress her either by changing everything with her bridles, because i dont want to stress her even more, but i will give it a go ... and if none of this works i dont know what to do then... might have to call the vet out again.

horses hay :)

 

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JTurnbull80

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JTurnbull80 says:

Re: head shaker ?????????????

 Does it tend to get worse around the hay fever season? 

I ride a TBx that tends to headshake around the time of year that pollen is in the air, and the thing that works best is a pair of tights with the legs cut off, and those short ends tied in a knot to seal it. Then you attach the tights at the waist to the noseband using bailing twine or anything really. 

When riding, slip the tights over the nose and it acts as a really fine nose net, and it filters the air, which seems to bring the shaking down to a manageable level.

Hope that helps! 

PS. As a male rider, I must stress that my girlfriend and her mum came up with this, I don't often wear tights!
 

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lollybop

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lollybop says:

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haha thank you for that!! hope you dont ... but what ever floats your boat.

no she doesnt do it just in the hay fever season its all the time... i thought it was that too but she has dont it all year round!!

i think its physcological for her now .... as she was ridden for a long time with sharp teeth and mouth ulcers!!!

shes been checked and checked but nothing!!!

its hard work not knowing what it is wrong with her coz i love her to pieces ...  but i will keep doing everything i can for her!!!!!

 

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unicornleather

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Re: head shaker ?????????????

One of the most common causes of headshaking and largely overlooked is the browband being too short.
It has the effect of pulling the headpiece up onto the back of the horse's ears, irritating them.
To eliminate the browband see if you can get 2 adult sized fingers under it with ease when on the horse,
if so then you can cross it off the list

Oz :)

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casperdo

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casperdo says:

Re: head shaker ?????????????

When we first bought Caper I thought I'd ended up with a headshaker and was quite worried, ecspecially as their can be so many causes and often people don't actually get to the bottom of the cause of it.  We had his teeth checked and found out they hadn't been done for a few years so got that done straight away and have found that he no longer does it anymore, I also thought he did it partly due to nervousness but this also seems to have passed since he has settled into his new home.  Also how would you describe the head shaking is it a constant nodding or more uncontrollable head throwing?  I've seen some videos on youtube where it actually looks dangerous. I've heard a lot of people say a nose net has been really good. 

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