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Re: [RC] Head dipping - Elizabeth Walker

I didn't answer to start with, as I wasn't sure what "head dipping" was. It sounds as if it is a lowering of the head and neck at random times -- drop the head and neck, then pop them back up again.

If that is true, then two possibilities come to mind:
1) Sore/tender feet in general or
2) Sole bruising

As the horse is barefoot, there is the possibility that - due to the increase in riding, perhaps? - she can't grow foot as fast as it is being worn off, so she is getting tender. If that is the problem, rather than an underlying problem like thrush, the behavior should decrease as the hoof grows out. Give it 8 weeks, riding exclusively in boots, and see if it gets better.

If it is bruising, it should also get better with the boots, but depending on how deep the bruising is, you might still see some soreness for a while. If it is bruising, you should see some indications when you trim her.

On Jun 17, 2009, at 3:32 PM, Dream Weaver wrote:

Hi Sue - I would suspect a case of thrush. Thrush isn't always readily apparent and it can be quite painful for a horse making them flinchy and sore.


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[RC] Head dipping, Dream Weaver