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Does your horse:

  • Have performance problems? Lug in or out? Get "behind" or "over" the bit?
  • Balk, refuse to turn or back, display reluctance in collecting?
  • Eat with little enthusiasm, have trouble maintaining weight, have a dull coat?
  • Have repeated bouts with colic?
  • Dribble grain from its mouth, quid, or dunk hay and grain in water?
  • Have foul breath, nasal discharge, or bleeding from the mouth?
  • Have eccentric eating behaviors?
  • Show reluctance to the bit? Is he/she head-shy?
  • Fail to gain weight despite increases in grain?
  • Froth or salivate excessively?

Any of these symptoms could mean your horse's mouth has a problem. Contact Paul Drake, an Equine Dental Technician, and have him take a look in your horse's mouth to diagnose the problem.

Paul performs the following dentistry procedures:

  • Inspections
  • Performance floats
  • Basic floats
  • Full mouth balancing
  • Bit seats
  • Wolf teeth and cap removal
  • Canine teeth reduction
  • Wave and hook correction
  • Incisor reduction/realignment
  • Bit seats
  • Extractions
Photo at Country Life Farm, © 2007,
Ellen Pons of Ellen Pons Photography & Design

Paul checking for "hooks" on a gypsy cob.
Photo at CherryHill Farm, © 2008