Ocotillo Equine Dentistry

Ocotillo Equine Dentistry

Proving Routine, Performance, and Power Dentistry to improve your horses overall health and well-being!



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New Caney Equine Center

This is a VERY GOOD reason why you check and float teeth every year. This was in the mouth of Addie last year. Worth sharing again.

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Photo credit Stacy Pipkin. Feel free to use with credit given.


Myrtle Beach Equine Clinic

THIS is why routine dental care is so important!!! This was found during a routine dental exam on a 25 year old gelding. That is not one, but TWO STICKS wedged across the soft palate. The owner noted that a couple weeks ago, the horse decreased the amount of hay he would eat, but he still ate his grain and grazed and showed no other signs of any other "mouth issues." In fact, this was not even an urgent appointment, but was a first dental on a new Wellness Plan. Horses are amazing at hiding oral pain, so be sure to get them checked at least once per year (twice for seniors)! See the individual pictures for more info, and for the other painful issues we found in his mouth!


Essential Equine

Facial Nerves and the importance of proper bridle fitting. This is something Manolo is quite fanatical about, always adjusting nosebands, flashes, browbands and making sure the buckles do not push into delicate structures or the poll strap does not push against the horse's ears (and of course checking bit fit).

A quick look at what cranial nerves DO reveal how important their well being is and why properly fitted tack is paramount. There are twelve pairs of cranial nerves. They have a role in:
Heart rate (sensory and motor control of viscera including heart, lungs, and bowel)
Eye movement
Neck muscles that move the head
Sensation from the face
Motor to the muscles for biting, chewing
Facial expression
Taste from the anterior 2/3rds of the tonque
Taste from the posterior 1/3rd of the tonque
Tearing (lacrimal gland)
Salivation from the parotid gland as well as not from the parotid gland (different nerves)
Sensation and some motor to the pharynx
Swallowing (motor to the muscles of the soft palate, pharynx and larynx)
Vocalization (motor to the muscles of the soft palate, pharynx and larynx)
gastrointestinal peristalsis
Tongue movement

Our friend Diane Schell created this useful illustration showing the 12 pairs of cranial nerves and where they are in relationship to bridles potential pressure point. Thank you Diane.

This fits nicely with our Monday article from Shea Stewart about the TMJ and Cranio Sacral work.

Source: HorseAdvice.com and the Merck Veterinary Manual and this fantastic article from Tuft university: http://www.tufts.edu/vet/sports/neuro2.html

PS: There is an important nerve Diane did not highlight in red. It comes out on the side of the lower jaw. If you look at the skulls we posted earlier this week, you can see it quite clearly on both side. It is a general sensory nerve for the skin of chin, and lower lip.

Image © Diane Schell

- VETERINARIAN Massimo Da Re Follows up with More Insights on CRANIAL Nerves, the Brain and Limbic System

The head of all vertebrates is one of the most important parts for the life of the individual: It is home to the brain that has the delicate task to process the information that comes from the body and from the outside world and return to the various parts of the body with essential indications for life.

The brain encodes what the sense organs perceive and organize the existence of the individual. The brain also reads the feelings of the heart which is the true center of life.

In the head are located vital organs: hearing, smell, sight, taste, touch. ( and breath)

Think for a moment about your horse, observe how important its highly mobile ears, his large nostrils, his very expressive eyes are for its essence.

Finally the mouth. The horse lives with his mouth: eats, vocalizes, works, relates to the outside world. It contains more than 4 billion nerve endings and is closely associated with a portion of the brain called Limbic System, responsible for the control of emotions and learning: think about this before acting with your hands on your horse's mouth. There are no horses "deaf" or "hard" in the mouth, pain receptors can not be deleted nor go out: horses fight oral pain in different forms: some rear, others pull on the reins, while others seem to be resigned and have a heavy mouth.

Study well this beautiful and useful image and use the equipment on your horse with awareness and respect : avoid too tight nose-bands, make sure briddle and bit fit well.

Be careful with the halter, especially if it is made in rope or fabric that are too thin: they can lead to excessive pressure on the nerves of the face; always remove the halter when the horse is free, in stall or outside in the field. Be gentle with your hands, both when you lead the horse and when you ride.

The subject is vast and deserves full days of discussions!

atlasobscura.com 12/21/2015

Morbid Monday: The Split Head of Old Billy, the World's Oldest Horse


atlasobscura.com The average horse lives around 25 to 30 years, but one English stallion was trotting until the age of 62. Old Billy as he was known, is the oldest known...


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Bailey Dove

heavenlygaitsequinemassage.com 05/20/2015

3 Steps To Helping You Determine If Your Horse Is "Out At The Poll"

heavenlygaitsequinemassage.com The 3 simple steps you can use to determine if your horse is "out at the poll" and what steps you should take based on what you find.

[03/24/15]   Just wanted to let everyone know I have three open spots this week if anyone is interested!


Ocotillo Equine Dentistry


I was called to look at a horse's teeth, and it was a lucky deal. This horse had a 1/2 round stick lodged in the palate of his mouth that was causing him extreme discomfort. If you notice your horse chewing his food abnormally, or dropping excessive amounts of grain know that part of the problem could lie in their mouth!


Whole Horse Equitation

This photo, taken during necropsy, shows the mouth of a horse who was euthanized for aggressive behavior.
Next time your horse says "NO", remember that he might be trying to tell you he is in pain.
Edited to add: This picture was taken by Juan Pimienta of Escuela Mexicana de Odontologia Equina

[11/09/14]   Offering discounted rates on your first equine dental visit! 25% off your first visit up to 5 horses! Call to schedule your appointment, (817)253-9926


Picture of severe hooks on the upper 106(first premolar).

[10/06/14]   HOOKS
Hooks are defined as an overgrowth of tooth that is taller than deep. After point formation, hooks are probably the most commonly discovered abnormality. They usually form as sharp, fanglike projections on the upper first cheek teeth, and the lower last cheek teeth.
Removing these malocclusions can aid not only the comfort of your horse, but increase the A-P movement(anterior-posterior movement "front to back") of their jaw. Freeing up jaw movement can releive preesure off the TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint).


American School of Equine Dentistry

American School of Equine Dentistry Graduated from the American School of Equine Dentistry.


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