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Head Shaking in Horses



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. However, this has proven to be a considerable treatment for head shaking of excessive magnitude. Ear mites can be treated fairly easily with topical medications. Rhinitis (or inflammation and infection inside the nose) may require systemic antibiotics. If the head shaking is thought to be behavioral, re-training with a professional trainer may help.