Thought, fact and quote for the day 7/6/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 7/6/12

Thought 4the day: Horses and ponies are unique, different, magical and yet solid and always there if you need them. They never roll over and say not now or turn the other cheek they simply stand rock solid and listen to us when we need them. They don't gossip to all your friends (well maybe the other horses!!) they kee things where they should be. They stand with us through thick and thin once that bond and trust is formed. They never ask for anything yet give us everything. I don't know about you but life would not be life without these 4 legged beauties :o
Quote 4the day: When everything gets too hard and life seems to be at its worst turn to your true friend and bury your face in their mane...
Fact 4the day: Head shaking
If you are familiar with horses, then you probably know of their head-shaking behavior. Signs of head shaking can range from simple switches to frantic jerking of the head and neck. Meanwhile, the usual factors for the condition include ear mites, rhinitis, or middle ear disease. In some cases, head shaking can be a cause of worry; in other cases, it is nothing serious.... In order to be sure, visit a veterinarian so that they may identify the underlying cause.

Horses with head shaking typically display "normal" behavior within the stable, only showing signs of the condition after leaving the stable -- either while at pasture or while being ridden. Symptoms are also more prevalent in the warmer months of summer and spring, disappearing in the colder months. Some of the more common symptoms include:
•Extreme agitation
•Head tossing
•Violent shaking or jerking of the head or neck
•Wiping of the nose on the ground or legs
Horses with this condition may also place their heads in strange places such as a corner or a shady area.

Identifying the cause of head shaking in your horse may be difficult, as there are many and some have not yet been confirmed as causes for the condition. A horse's sensitivity to light is a good example of a potential, and yet unconfirmed, cause to head shaking. In many cases, head shaking is not attributed to any particular, but a few of the more typical causes include:
•Allergic reaction (e.g., grass, tree or pollen allergies)
•Severe irritation to some area of the head
•Ear mites found in the ear canal

A diagnosis of head shaking is obvious; it is the underlying condition that poses the problem. A veterinarian may perform any of a battery of tests to get this diagnosis and find out what it is that may be causing the head shaking. In many cases, a cause for the head shaking may never be found.

Treatment is not always possible when it comes to head shaking. There have been some attempts at treating the issue surgically by altering the nerves in the nostrils, but that causes other sensations to this area to be eliminated as well. This may have negative repercussions of the horse, especially as far as its nighttime orientation is concerned, as all sense in this area is lost. However, this has proven to be a considerable treatment for head shaking of that magnitude. For cases of acute rhinitis, Cyproheptadine can also be used to treat this issue.
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