Horsemanship Dentistry

Do Any of These Sound Like Your Horse?


  • Weight Loss

  • Dropping Feed

  • Fighting the Bit

  • Choking

  • Impaction Colic

  • Quidding (wadding up hay)

  • Decreased Appetite

  • Decreased Perfomance

  • Difficulty Flexing the Neck or Poll

  • Unexplained Hind Leg Lameness

  • Rearing

  • Chiropractic Issues/Inability to Hold an Adjustment

  • Head Tossing

  • Difficulty picking up canter leads

Though the list above is long, many times there are no obvious signs until the dental issues are so far advanced that they may not be correctable and the goal is to just get them comfortable. At that point they may require special feeding to maintain their health even after a good dental is performed. 


Some horses may go years showing no signs of their dental problems!


Don’t Let This Happen To YOUR Horse – Have a Professional Dental Exam done every 6 months**

Dr. Debra practices dentistry with hand tools, horsemanship skills and, when needed, pain medications that also cause light sedation. Recovery is fast even if sedation is used.


This style of dentistry is gentle yet effective in removing every source of pain from the horse’s mouth. It is better for your horse to be a part of the process and give feedback to their dentist than be heavily sedated. And by associating the removal of painful areas with the dentist a relationship of trust can be built, which is better for everyone!


If you remove the sources of pain from the mouth the tongue and natural properties of the horse’s saliva will keep the mouth healthy. The tongue will sculpt the teeth. If painful areas are all removed then the tongue can re-shape the teeth and re-balance the mouth! This usually takes 2 years of twice yearly dental work to complete the remodeling.

With Healing Hands Horsemanship Dentistry, dental exams should be performed every 3 months in horses aged 5 and under in training. This is because their teeth get sharp very quickly due to cap loss and new teeth erupting with razor sharp edges. If not in training then young horses are checked twice a year as are adults until regular exams show if they can go longer. All horses need dental exams at least once a year.


Contact us NOW to learn how your horse can benefit from horsemanship dentistry!