Horse Dental Care and Behavior Changes from Retained Cap


August 2008

Cherry Hill's
Horsekeeping Almanac

Not Breaking
Horse Handling
& Grooming
101 Longeing and
Long Lining Exercises
Longeing and Long Lining
English and Western
How To Think
Like A Horse
Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping Almanac
Making Not Breaking by Cherry Hill
Horse Handling and Grooming by Cherry Hill
101 Longeing and Long Lining Exeercises
Longeing and Long Lining the Western Horse
How to Think Like A Horse by Cherry Hill

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The Case of the Retained Cap

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For this month's newsletter, I'd like to applaud one of you for putting what you read into practice, which makes life better for your horse and for you too! And is a huge treat for me !

The majority of letters I receive are people telling me of bad things that their horses do and wondering how they can fix them. The horses all of a sudden start biting, throwing their head, kicking, bucking, spooking, pawing.......the list is endless. In each case, even though I can't see the horse, the person, the management, the facilities, I try to get at the basic reasons why the horses are doing what they do. If a horse that is usually good starts acting up all of a sudden, there usually is a pretty good reason, and often one that you, as the horse's caretaker and trainer, can take care of.

Case in point - often when horses start fussing with or resisting the bit, readers ask about using a different bit (often the subtext is a "more severe bit" for control) but the reason for the behavior and the solution often lies elsewhere - poor bridle or bit fit, rough hands, and many times, as you'll read below, dental problems.

The thanks goes to you Ron, for being a good horse detective and for writing me so I can post your letter. I'm sure you will inspire other horse owners to do their own investigations and get to the bottom of behavior changes in their horses.


Dear Webmaster,

Three years ago a friend of mine adopted a horse through the Equine Rescue. When he went to pick her up at her birth farm where she was temporarily stabled, he found that her younger sister was for sale. The owner cut the price in half to keep the two together. He asked if I wanted in and I said yes. We were two greenhorns with one green horse and one abused horse. With the help of experts via video and books, we now have a 4 1/2 year old Quarter horse that has recovered from her abuse and a three year old Quarter horse that is trail riding under western saddle and learning everyday.

How to Think Like A Horse by Cherry HillCherry was one of our biggest sources of materials. "How to Think Like a Horse" was very helpful and we stuck right to "Making Not Breaking" as our guide for the younger horse. Making Not Breaking by Cherry HillRecently the three-year-old was acting up and I used Cherry's articles to figure out it was a tooth issue and the vet was impressed. The stubborn cap was removed and "Sugar" was sugar sweet once again.

Please pass on my thanks to Cherry for the wonderful way she writes and for sharing her knowledge with all of us horse lovers.

Ron Theriault

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