Flabby Cheeks Of The Oral Cavity Of Horses

The chewing motion is unique to each horse and is affected by oral pain.
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Flabby Cheeks is the description of excessive tissue that lays in front of the first lower cheek teeth of horses. It is one of the three major reasons for bit difficulties and bit rejection as well as one of the primary causes of difficult floating in horses.[/alert]Definition: Excessive tissue, filled with fat, that covers the bars (the lower jaw space between the incisors and the cheek teeth just in front of the first lower cheek teeth). See the pictures.

When a space occupying mass (the bit or double bits) is placed on the bars in the inter-dental space, the excessive tissue is pinched against the sharp edges of the first lower cheek teeth. In many horses with adverse bit reactions (bit objection or bit rejection), the primary cause is their reaction to the “flabby cheeks” being forced against the razor edges of the first lower cheek teeth. Removing this sharp edge resolves many bit issues.

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