Testimonials

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Chewing function for 2+ years before Natural Balance Dentistry™
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Mastication within one week following full mouth Natural Balance Dentistry™

“I began working with Gretchen in June 2019 to address dental issues my horse experienced after being power floated. I recall being impressed by the initial 45 minute phone call with Gretchen. She listened carefully to my concerns and explained the principles of Natural Balance Dentistry™. I’ve owned horses most of my life but never understood the relationship between dental balance and the balance of the TMJ, poll and hind end. Gretchen also explained that as the mouth becomes more balanced it allows the jaw to slide which affects flexion at the poll/atlas. I must admit I was skeptical at first, especially regarding the concept that dental balance could influence hind end movement due to the craniosacral relationship…After the first dental balance session my trainer and I noticed a difference in the way that my horse was using his jaw, and felt an improved throughness especially on his more difficult right side. We continued with monthly body work sessions noting a progressive improvement in hind end movement, throughness, suppleness and overall body comfort. Our second dental balance in October continued to address a left molar imbalance, and this has especially improved his poll flexion to the right. Gretchen is a knowledgeable, thorough and patient practitioner and I’m grateful that she is part of our team!”

-Lisa Lapin
Owner & Rider
Charlotte, VT

“Our horse Merlin, is a twenty-year old Shire cross that was suffering from shivers, TMJ and dental problems when he first came to Gretchen for treatment. He was literally unable to eat, and upon evaluation, Gretchen explained that his jaw problems were directly correlated with issues that he was having in his hind end. She told us that bodywork would be beneficial in improving his jaw problems as well as helping to increase his mobility. We were skeptical; however, there were visible changes from the first treatment that he received. Immediately he was able to eat, and he has dramatically continued to improve, since he has been receiving treatment for the last eight months. The changes to his overall health, happiness and performance are astounding. We now believe that bodywork is an essential part of Merlin’s routine care. He has gone from being unable to eat and being very awkward when even trying to walk, to having  significantly improved range of motion. His balance has improved, and he is quite forward at the canter. He is happy when he is working now, when before he was unbalanced and in pain. We did not understand how a horse’s dental problems could affect their whole body wellness. By having Gretchen work with Merlin, we are now able to see just how true this really is, and believe that this type of treatment could be beneficial to any horse whether they are for pleasure or an equine athlete.”

-Chuck and Allison
Horse Owners
Suffield, CT

“5 out of 5 stars! Gretchen is very knowledgeable and generous with that knowledge. She is a calm and patient teacher and has helped my horse and I have a better relationship. I began to have Gretchen work with me and my horse Braveheart a couple of months ago. “Brave” had some trauma in his past and was generally tense and somewhat distrustful of people when I got him. Through the bodywork Gretchen has helped Brave relax more and be more comfortable around us. She has taught me multiple techniques that I can use to help him relax and to strengthen my relationship with him. This has helped both his and my confidence levels. She has also given me some tips for trail riding that have helped him get “unstuck” when he is worried about something ahead. If you want to improve your relationship with your horse and learn to do something for him that helps you understand him better, I highly recommend working with Gretchen!”

-Suzanne Sumida MD
Horse Owner
Sararoga Springs, NY

“Gretchen was so thorough and complete with a knowledge that goes beyond dental care. She is amazing and I will have her work on my horses exclusively for as long as we can. Thank you for expertise and your gentle, caring, knowledgeable approach!”

-Kelly Gilmartin
Horse Owner
Hampden, MA

“Gretchen was a pleasure to work with! And, it was wonderful to watch my horse meeting her for the first time. She approached him with such ease, gentleness and respect and he immediately was comfortable with her in the stall. He’s a 17 hand American Saddlebred rescue so he’s very cautious and nervous. The muscle work that we’ve now begun is helping him with some previous injuries he’s had causing tight muscles and discomfort. I would very much recommend Gretchen to anyone. She’s a wonderful asset to have come to your barn.”                             

-Marina Carter
Horse Owner
Wallingford, VT

“We are an all breed equine rescue. We typically have 25 horses in our care, and we generally know nothing about the horses we get. Gretchen has helped us with evaluating lame horses, teeth, and riding. She is remarkable and well educated. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone!”

Gerda Silver
Gerdas Equine Rescue
Townshend, VT

“Gretchen has a clear understanding of horses. She has worked with my 2* level Event horse who is physically very tight and a bit quirky in his mind. He loves the work Gretchen does with him and I love the difference I feel in him as a result of the work. He always comes away from a session looser and calmer in his work. Gretchen has also worked on two OTTB resale projects for me with similar results. Her patience and perception is obvious in the work she does with the horses.”

-Bevin O’Reilly Dugan
Manager/Trainer
Winchester Stables
Newfane, VT

“Gretchen Deane is one of the most gifted young horse trainers who has the ability to use her experience and great compassion for horses to analyze and train according to their needs. Progress and happy, willing horses is almost a given when she works with them regardless of discipline. Gretchen is a joy to work with and fun to observe working with horses. I wish she was still available on the West coast.”

-Edgar Schutte
President American Hanoverian Society
Rainbow Equus Meadows Inc.
Lincoln, CA

“Gretchen was extremely helpful identifying and alleviating the areas of soreness, strain and tension with my Arab. I can now continue to use the methods she showed me on a regular basis to help my horse. We are grateful.”

-Susan Nostrand
Horse Owner
Putney, VT

“Gretchen is a skilled and confident rider who brings out the best in the horses. She is sensitive and clear, and adapts easily to suit the needs of each horse. The horses are quiet and balanced for their riders after she works with them. Gretchen has a wonderful energy and patience with youngsters, and gives a high quality consistent ride to the jumps.”

-Debbi Sereni
Professional Horsewoman, 30+ years
Petaluma, CA

“Gretchen has used Masterson Method to help my Welsh Cob, Pilot. She is patient and kind. The bodywork helps the horse to find comfort. My adult students and their horses have found releases and focus with the bladder meridian work.”

-Sara Stine
Owner, Trainer,  Centered Riding Instructor
Dover, VT