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Old 10-13-2010, 08:09 PM  
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Head bobbing

Can any one tell me why my friends horse bobs his head all the time? I read in a magazine a while back why they do it , but cant find the mag or remember why! He does it alot. Its not shaking it is bobbing up and down.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:16 PM  
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Head bobbing is usually a sign of lameness.. Thats the first sign I have to when my horse is ouchy.

unless it's gaited, and then it is a breed trait...


correct me if I am wrong.
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Old 10-14-2010, 04:41 AM  
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He does it even when he is standing still.
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Old 10-14-2010, 05:59 PM  
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bugs, adjusting it's vision. Starving horses will also do the head bob at a stand still....
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Old 10-14-2010, 06:42 PM  
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Well... in that case. I don't know, but I have a horse that head bobs, it seems to be when he is trying to look at something, or maybe show dominence?
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Old 10-14-2010, 08:08 PM  
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He is very well cared for. My horse is in with him. He has done it for as long as i can remember.
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does he have a long forelock? I wasn't implying he was mistreated just those are the only reason I know of for head bobbing, besides lameness.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:48 AM  
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No he doesnt have a long forelock. Some times he wears a fly mask. But still does it. He also has this weird habit of licking metal gates and brick buildings. He also has a tendency to almost choke on grain. Does any of that help? He is 18 yrs old
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:04 PM  
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I'm stumped...but I would get his teeth checked ( or get your friend to) maybe he has a sharp edge digging into his cheek or tongue.
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Does he do with the bit in his mouth? My horse did it till I got his teeth done. So i might check them
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Sounds like a teeth issue to me since he does it at a stand still too.

I'd get his teeth checked out and then either get some of those plastic kiddie balls (you can get a bag of them at walmart super cheap) or get some fist sized rocks and put in his feed pan. It will keep him from rushing/gorging on his feed because he'll have to slow down to eat around the rocks/balls
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If he is stalled it could be a confinement issue even if a horse is in the next stall. A horse doesn't perceive itself as being safe in a stall, it still feels vulnerable to attack. Perhaps check if he has any unusual tenderness around the sinus cavities near the base of his ears. I had a mare would do this to get my attention, but only then.
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:51 PM  
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He doesnt do it with a bit in his mouth. He will stand saddled and bridled up just fine.
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could be a pain issue(head ache, tooth ache, sore neck/back, could be a vision problem, could be a vice, could be he's bored, could be from flies/bugs irratating him. Or he could just be a weird horse that bobs its head.

Only way to know for sure would be to have a vet check him out. If everything comes up clear could always have a chiropractor or massage therapist out to do some work on him and see if that helps. And if vet gives clean bill of health and massage and chiro don't find anything major that would cause head bobbing try giving him toys and things to do and see if that helps. If so it's just simply he was bored and needed something to entertain his mind with.
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Head bobbing is a boredom vice as far as I know. I've known lots of horses that will do it when waiting for food etc.. and a few lesson horses I have ridden that will do it while waiting for instruction from me (like when I'm at a halt talking with the trainer). If he in bridled, rock the bit gently until he stops. If he is in a halter or just standing free and starts to bob put one hand up in front of his eye area and say "whoa" calmly.

Oh I did know one horse who had severe light sensitivity. A fly mask helped him. One that covered the nose area.
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