Flabby Cheeks Of The Oral Cavity Of Horses

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This is a 9 second video that briefly shows how to check for flabby cheeks.  This shows the “outside view” but the images below show the “inside view.”  I suggest you place a stick of sufficient diameter and strength between the teeth of the side you are feeling before you do this the first time.  The smooth stick is entered into the mouth from the opposite side you are feeling. It goes across the tongue and then enters the space between the teeth on the opposite side of where it enters the mouth.

Standing in front of the horse and facing the horse, pretend your thumb is one half of a bit.  Place the thumb of your right hand at right angles to the horse into the horses’ left side at the corner of the lip (as if it was a bit).  Press down on the bar and slowly move your thumb down and back towards the cheek teeth.  If there is excessive fat on the bar, the thumb will compress it between the thumb, bar and the first cheek tooth.  Be very careful that you do not let your thumb go between the upper and lower first cheek teeth – you will be severely bruised and cut and even lose your nail.  Go slow and carefully or use a stick to prevent this damage.

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