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daniela verani
Username: verani

Post Number: 7
Registered: 1-2007
Posted on Wednesday, Sep 3, 2008 - 8:36 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have a 10 year old 16.3 hand oldenburg that is trained to third level in dressage and is also a 3 foot equitation horse. He has been worked up by three vets for issues of being strong, and sometimes resistant to collection. He tilts his head(nose to the right)very dramatically when he is first being worked. His work-ups have been negative,his teeth have been checked, and recently I had his tmj's and hocks injected. He has been sound except for these issues. Has anyone seen something like this before?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: dro

Post Number: 21325
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Thursday, Sep 4, 2008 - 8:38 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello daniela,
I see the workups were not helpful but in conclusion did the veterinarians feel this was a physical problem or just this horses way of going? Have you tried a course on NSAID's or steroids to see if the problem improved?
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Elizabeth Kaufman
Username: ekaufman

Post Number: 632
Registered: 3-2007
Posted on Thursday, Sep 4, 2008 - 9:37 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi Daniela,

Does he tilt his head only under saddle? Does he do it for every rider?

At my trainer's barn, we have been holding clinics with an exercise physiologist who is helping all of us improve/relax our positions in motion on the horse. Last weekend I watched a horse with a noticeable under-saddle head tilt correct it immediately when his rider changed her way of riding. This is also a fairly experienced dressage pair.

This has nothing to do with your issue necessarily, but was a new one for me and really interesting.
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