Hi everyone! We have an interview on Mike Mullin who is a horse dentist in Maryland. Routine dental care is essential for your horse’s health. We ask a lot of our sport horses. Proper dental care should be part of your horse’s program. A good rule-of-thumb is a horse’s teeth should be examined at least once a year but sometimes checks may be carried out 2 or 3 times a year. Read below about Mike Mullin and how he got started.
When did you start riding?
I began riding at the age 12. My father trained a small stable and would let me hack he horses around after they were exercised. I exercised my first horse on the track at age 13.
What was your first job in the horse industry?
My first real job came when I was 16. I was working on a big thoroughbred farm in Ocala, FL.
When did you become and Equine Dentist?
I became an equine dentist at age 35. I felt that I needed more security than riding and training offered.
What kind of schooling/apprenticeship is required?
My career as a dentist began with a 2-year-old apprenticeship, followed by a certification program I attended in Idaho.
Have you ever been injured while working on a horse?
My injuries as a dentist have been minor. Some nicks and scrapes and a few broken toes.
Where is your territory?
My territory is in the Mid-Atlantic region, mostly Md, De, Pa, and Nj.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My typical day begins with some stretching and some yoga. Depending on my appointment schedule and location I may ride a few horses before dentistry. As with any horse owner, there’s always feeding and barn cleaning Am + Pm!
Give us one piece of advice, as a horse dentist, you can give to horse owners?
The biggest advice I can offer as an equine dentist is to do daily checks on your horses. Looking for what is normal and what is not.
Who is one of your mentors in the Equestrian World?
Mentors in the horse industry, and it’s difficult to name just one, right now I’d have to say, Danny Warrington.
Do you still ride?
I ride almost daily unless I am traveling.
What do you like to do on your days off?
Days off are far and few between! I’m game for just about anything. I love good food, music, and not against riding for fun.
Mike Mullin works in De, MD, NJ, and PA. He will travel up and down the East Coast (including FL) to work on horses. You can schedule appointments with him at (609)304-8341