Clues to Dental Problems


  • Weight Loss
  • Poor coat condition

Eating habits:

  • Dropping excessive grain
  • Tilting head while eating
  • Packing forage between molars and cheeks
  • Eating hay before grain
  • Bolting of feed
  • Quidding (sucking juices and spitting fibers)
  • Irregular jaw movement while eating
  • Excessive salivation and drooling
  • Change in drinking habits

External head inspection:

  • Bad breath
  • Bumps on jaw or face
  • Discharge in eye, ear or nose
  • Bleeding from mouth
  • Cheeks sensitive to touch when palpating
  • Long particles in feces
  • Swelling in throat area


Performance and behaviour:

  • Bad general attitude
  • Tilting head while riding
  • Tossing head while riding
  • Tongue hanging out while riding
  • Charging at the bit while riding
  • Refusing to accept bit,
  • Refusing to change leads
  • Refusing to collect
  • Rearing
  • Change in performance from normal


Health and fertility:

  • Cribbing
  • Colic
  • Choking
  • Mares unable to reach estrous cycle
  • Stallions unwilling to breed