Some Indications of Dental Problems
Head tossing while riding
Refusing to turn or bend
Refusing to flex at the poll
Tilting head when eating
Weight loss
Hard to bit
Foul odor from mouth
WHAT is Equine Dentistry?
It is the care of healthy teeth,
as well as the treatment of
unhealthy teeth.  It involves
the use of floats - either
mechanical or power rasps to
file down the teeth.  Power
equipment offers significant
advantages over hand floats.  
Among these are:  shorter
duration of procedure, more
precise floating,
less trauma to
soft tissues,
and less fatigue of
the veterinarian.  In order for a
horse to 'flex at the poll' his
lower jaw must be able to
move forward, and side to
side.  There are many teeth
abnormalities that prevent him
from being able to move
freely. In turn, this can cause
problems in his poll, and down
his back, which can radiate to
his pelvis.  Proper dental
equilibration can correct this
WHEN should a horse be
 Foals and yearlings
should be evaluated for incisor
abnormalities (over or under
bite), or any facial trauma.  
Otherwise,  horses should be
checked by the time they are
two, or at least 30 days prior to
training.  Wolf teeth should be
removed prior to the use of a
bit.  Caps (baby teeth) may also
need to be removed.  Dental
problems affect the way the
horse takes a bit and may
create bad habits that are
difficult to correct later.
correction of many dental
problems can save the horse
years of pain, and greatly
extend the life of the teeth, not
to mention a much more
productive (and less expensive)
training experience.
horses should have their teeth
checked every 6 to 12 months,
depending on their age,
occupation and dental health.
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Providing good anatomical posture and positioning for the horse is
extremely important - even at the expense of the practitioner!