Billy’s Visit with Dr. Bess

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Billys Visit with Dr. Bess



 After the mini’s arrival, I noticed right away that Billy was quidding. He could not chew the hay that was on the ground. Although Billy tried to eat, he ended up spitting out balls of semi-chewed food.

This alone could make a horse depressed as well as cause weight loss. This is usually caused by issues with the teeth and it could indicate that he’s experiencing pain in his mouth.

We fed soft, mushy meals to Cricket and Billy until they could be seen by the dentist. Both Minis are up there in age – it could be that they don’t have many teeth, or their teeth are worn down, or both.


I texted a photo of Billy and his quidding to Dr. Bess Darrow of ‘Tune Ups’ Veterinary Equine Dentistry and Wellness Services to see when she could schedule both Minis. She was at the rescue in less than an hour! It was amazing!


Dr. Bess and her assistant, Ashley, are always great with the horses and they do a remarkable job!

Billy had no idea what was in store for him and we had no idea that his teeth were so bad. We’re very grateful to Dr. Bess for responding so quickly.


Billy’s teeth were a mess. He could not chew his food and in the process of trying, it was painful.

You can give a horse all the food in the world but if they are unable to chew it and grind it up in order for the body to process it correctly, they are going to drop in body weight.


There were sharp points – ouch!


A view from the side – a twisted long front tooth had grown down over a lower one.


It took awhile, but look at the difference! Billy will be able to chew. However, he may still quid at times, due to missing and worn teeth.


All done with the dental needs – at least all that could be done today. Sometimes, it takes more than one visit to get optimum results. We certainly do appreciate Dr. Bess for responding so quickly! ‘Tune Ups’ Veterinary Equine Dentistry and Wellness Services is awesome!

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Beauty’s Haven Farm & Equine Rescue Inc. is a 501(c)(3) grassroots Non-Profit Organization registered in the state of Florida (EIN: 20-4783950).  We are not funded by Local, State, or Federal funds. We operate totally from donations from the public. Please consider making a one time or recurring donation to help the horses. No amount is too small and all donations are very much appreciated. Donations are tax deductible.

Beauty’s Haven was awarded Verified status by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) in 2012. GFAS is the only globally recognized organization that provides standards for identifying legitimate animal sanctuaries.  Awarded November 2014 Equine Hero and 2017 Eagle Rare Life Award for Heroism.  A Guidestar Exchange Silver Participant and a GreatNonprofits Top Rated Non-Profit in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.


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