Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. Clissa says:

    Thankyou Cassie for this comprehensive article. I hope many horses are helped by it.
    A few other things that I would add to your list are:- C6-C7 vertebral abnormality where pressure from the rider causes nerve pain which shoots up the spine causing a sciatica-like pain; suspensory ligament issues generally from having a long toe at some point, again the nerve pain shoots upward through the leg to chest and neck at moment of foot impact.
    Apparently some hip and loin area issues can shoot nerve pains forward as well particularly while riden when the greatest pressures come on the spine. The this case the head toss is more to do with balance.
    From my experience a head toss generally has very little to do with the actual head unless it is badly fitting tack which is still a previlent issue.

  2. Marcia C says:

    Another very effective alternative treatment can be found at equinebreathing.com

    • Casie says:

      Interesting. I did notice that headshaking is listed as a “behavioral” problem though, and I don’t believe that to be the case in most instances.

  3. Liz Cornell says:

    Another alternative treatment is cranial sacral therapy. I am certified in this therapy and I’ve cured two head shakers so far. It took a couple of sessions to stick. So it can work in a lot of cases, maybe not every case.

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