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My OTT TB who is 11ys old, has recently started a 'weird' reaction, noted when eating. His front legs start folding and he occasionally head twitches with it as well. I've seen him once, collapse to his knees and stagger, but looked like a pain response, not a stumble and fright response. I haven't seen it happen again till a few weeks later. Though this time its been more subtle. the knees start to buckle, but he stays on his feet. I have plans for dental check - though i cant visibly see anything out of sorts. palpating around the poll and atlas and face, i get no reaction, only 'trigger is when he is head down eating.. Noteworthy (or maybe not!) He has a flat sarcoid just behind the ear, (he has had it for about 3 yrs) and in the last month - I've noticed its dissapeared, and now regrowing hair.. Could it be possible that the sarcoid is now growing inwards, therefore could be affecting the poll/atlas area? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Interesting you mention about the holding head high for floating - he's always had a tendency to be high in head carriage, and tends to 'hollow' his frame. He's only been in light work, and last week he was REALLY angry - which is not like him. He didn't want me to even touch his mouth on light contact. He's quite a stiff horse, and I've recently started him on devils claw - hope it gives him some relief!
I noticed 'head flicking' while he's dozing on his feet, holding his head quite high, and acts almost like he has a bug in his ear, which, the ears are all clear.
Thanks for your input - thats helpful!