Introduction to headshaking

Headshaking in horses is characterised by an uncontrollable, repetitive, vertical/horizontal head nodding, without any obvious external cause of stimuli.

Some horses rub their face and nostrils on their legs/fences and have a mild nasal discharge.

There is currently no cure for this syndrome, however certain management practices may help to reduce the suffering that accompanies horses that headshake.



The Shakeaze muzzle guard


The Shakeaze muzzle guard was originally developed for headshaking which was triggered by wind.

Research has suggested that the behaviour is due to increased sensitivity in the trigeminal nerve which provides sensation to the upper face, nose and muzzle areas.

The Shakeaze is unique in the respect that it acts as a 'wind barrier', protecting the muzzle area from sensitivity caused by direct airflow.

Research by Professor Knottenbelt has also suggested airflow to be a potential trigger with horses demonstrating 'nostril clamping', in an attempt to close each nostril in turn as if trying to prevent the intake and movement of air and possible associated pain.

This research, again, is the basis of our design!

Purchase now for the introductory price of only £24.99

Stockists include:

Nantwich Veterinary Group Equine Centre

Alsager Saddlery

Nantwich Saddlery

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As of April 2020, the Shakeaze guard is suitable for all types of ridden work and turnout. The design has been updated to allow for much better airflow at faster speeds due to the much lighter foam fabric! 

*** Due to COVID-19, we are currently experiencing slight delays with current orders. Please allow up to a maximum of 21 days for delivery. 




Shakeaze muzzle guard

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Shakeaze guard: £24.99

GET TWO GUARDS FOR ONLY £39.99. This offer can be selected from the drop down menu.


Suitable for riding!

The Shakeaze muzzle guard easily attached to the noseband of a cavesson bridle via four velcro straps. Due to its foam based material, it does not flap like the nose nets.



Suitable for turnout!

Because of its soft, yet durable fabric, the Shakeaze can be used outdoors and has the benefit of not holding any water so it will not be uncomfortable/heavy on your horses face when it gets wet!



Available in horse/pony sizes!

Please select from the dropdown menu the prefered size. 



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