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Why does my horse toss his head under saddle?

September 2012 by Ask the Experts

Head tossing in horses can be a frustrating and confusing problem. Some horses will toss their heads all the time, others only when being ridden, but is it a physical complaint or a behavioural problem? We asked a Veterinarian, an Equine Dental Vet, an Equitation Science/Behavioural Consultant, and a Veterinary Chiropractor to explain from their expert perspectives. 

Dr Katelyn McNicol BVSc (Hons) WestVets Veterinary Practice

While head tossing can be a common clinical symptom, it is important to understand that this is not a diagnosis, and that there can be many different reasons why your horse is tossing its head.