Headshaking?

noblesteed

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To add to his long list of issues...
My 18yo horse has started violently jerking his head when ridden. This only happens with low sunlight hitting his eyes - when he goes from light to shade etc.
Also happened today when sunlight flashed off a car.

Would this be described as head shaking? I've had no experience of this before.
Vet coming out later in week to check eyes and other things too.
 

milliepops

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can be, typically you'd notice it when not ridden too though. my oldie is a photic headshaker in strong sunlight. Hers started when she got stung up the nose by an insect and her whole face swelled up... i assume she must have had some nerve damage or similar. She is fine with a face mask on so she wears a fly mask a lot in the field and I have one for riding in bright sunlight too.

Vets offered to MRI her head when it first started but I didn't fancy the treatment options for her, and it's easy to manage so we agreed not to bother.
 
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