Trigeminal nerve inflammation. Update Post #25
Anyone dealing with this? What are you doing to solve? I've heard people using MSM, how much and has it solved the problem? Any web sites that offer help.
I've googled but can't seem to find a user friendly site. I've also searched for this particular nerve inflammation and nothing came up here. If you know of specific threads, super! I did just read French Fry's thread on head shaking and went to those web sites recommended as well.
My horse has always had a mild tick when I ride. In recent years if I keep his muzzle hairs very short, the problem goes away. Recently the horse was put on U7. I only bring this up as his symptoms seem to have escalated. I'm not sure if the two go hand in hand or if there are more allergens this particular year.
I'm dealing with a lot more frenetic head tossing and rubbing the side of his face on his legs during the ride. He also seems to be quite the jerk which he can be but not in this irrational manner. I've had nerve pain so I can understand his irrational manner if this is nerve pain.
Incidentally on turn out, I see no symptoms. He is ridden in a full cheek snaffle on a loose rein. It's doesn't seem to matter if I gather up contact or not. This horse DOES have TMJ but this head shaking is totally different than his TMJ symptoms which we treat with a chiro. He was just floated Oct. 4 2009 by a vet. The previous dental treatments were by an equine dentist. He gets floated about every 7 months due to his TMJ. Again, this past Oct was by the vet as she was at the farm to euth a horse and we did the float at the same time for convenience.
Horse is 10 year old TB/Perch/QH cross. We trail ride and do some light dressage work on contact but most riding is done on a loose rein. The U7 could simply be a coincidence as we're starting to bud and spring is here in NY state. There is a small amount of MSM in U7.
Thanks in advance and any info is appreciated.