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New Treatment Offers Hope for Head Shakers

February 2015 by Sophie Barrington, Horses and People Magazine

A new study, led by clinical academics from the University of Bristol’s School of Veterinary Sciences, working alongside the neurology team at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, has revealed a potential new treatment for trigeminal nerve mediated head shaking in horses.

Currently, there are no consistently safe and effective methods for the treatment of head shaking in horses. A neuropathic facial pain syndrome, head shaking causes a horse to toss or shake their head; often leaving the affected horse impossible to ride and difficult to handle, and can even result in euthanasia.