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Head and Neck

Equine Splenius Cervicis Muscle

A horse with splenius cervicis muscle dysfunction will turn or pull his head to the painful side and will resist turning his head to the opposite side. When resting the horse will often keep his head lowered and will stretch his head and neck to try to relieve the pain.

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Equine Multifidus Cervicis Muscle

A horse with multifidus cervicis muscle dysfunction will resist flexing his neck. He will be often be reluctant to tip his nose to the side. When at rest you will notice the head and neck very slightly bent to the side.

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Equine Auricular Muscles

The equine auricular are sixteen small muscles that control the horse ears. Signs of dysfunction include: being head shy, hard to halter or bridle, and head tossing.

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Equine Masseter Muscle

The masseter muscle is the primary muscle of chewing. Signs of dysfunction include: problems chewing, excessive yawning, and tossing the head.

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Equine Brachiocephalicus Muscle

A horse with brachiocephalicus dysfuntion will feel off in circles and turns. He will have trouble picking up front leads. Stretching the neck upwards and to the side while working and at rest is a classic symptom exhibited.

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