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Horse that head shakes - would you buy?

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  • #21
    Nope. Wouldn't take one for free, either. Had a riding buddy with one, years ago. Judging from the other posts, it was a mild case. But bad enough to convince me I never wanted one!
    I'm not ignoring the rules. I'm interpreting the rules. Tamal, The Great British Baking Show


    • #22
      My headshaker is 21 and I've had her since she was 4. Bought her in October and the headshaking showed up in April. I love her dearly but no, I wouldn't do it again. Not to be too dramatic but, part of the reason I was so determined to get a farm was so that I could take care of her personally AND get a horse that didn't do it. I had dealt with it for so long that I had forgotten what normal was.
      Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Goethe


      • #23
        My OTTB is a photic headshaker. I knew that when I agreed to take him off the bum, non board bill paying previous owner's hands. I would not take another one. I love my guy and his headshaking is only seasonal and controllable, relatively speaking, but buying a headshaker is not something I would recommend to anyone.


        • #24
          Originally posted by vlong View Post
          Horse has seasonal (photogenic) head shaking - this is the second year with this issue. Seems to be worse than last year, but is more under control on dex.

          Head shaking not mentioned in sale ad, but she's planning on disclosing to potential buyers.
          Nope. Horse at a few stalls down from my horse apparently has this. I feel terrible for him. It's bad this summer--like he bangs on his water buckets until he's dumped all the water out every night, rubs on wood fence posts & just looks so miserable. I am worried he's going to cut his face or poke an eye somehow. I guess in past summers he's been on meds for it so I didn't know he had an issue, but the meds for whatever reason aren't working this summer even though they have upped the amount (and wearing a fly mask or nose net has been zero help). Granted this is not my horse so what I learn is aisle talk & not from a vet. I think the owner could be a little wiser about the choices she makes for the horse to make him more comfortable, but seeing this makes it something I would not knowingly take on. And you better believe it will & should affect the sale price!
          "I'm not crazy...my mother had me tested"


          • #25
            Originally posted by betonbill View Post
            Nononononono. Have one that I can manage, but would not knowingly step into that scenario again. Maybe if she pays you lots of money to take it....??? and you have no aspirations at all...
            Agree. I would consider the knowing acquisition of a head shaker to be a charitable act for the benefit of the horse, rather than something someone would do because they want a good riding horse.

            Some do grow out of it. Some are not impacted every year. Some benefit from moving to a different barn (different plants, perhaps less allergy triggers - although this could also make things worse!).

            Still, it is a big risk and a major problem if things don't go well.


            • #26
              I *might* make an exception if the horse was already competing VERY successfully (i.e., a TOTAL rockstar) as a jumper, but I would still consider the head shaking as something that would impact the price (downward) a LOT, and I would go into it knowing that the horse might have a very short competitive shelf life, and that I would likely be the one who would have to make the tough decision to put the horse down when the HS got so bad it couldn't be managed even in retirement.


              • #27
                Absolutely not.


                • #28
                  No. Wouldn't take for free unless proven upper level schoolmaster