Dentistry and dental health

Common problems

Regular attention to your horse's teeth can greatly benefit your horse's health and performance. Grazing horses spend 14 hours minimum daily chewing and swallowing food and people frequently ask "Why should a horse need us to rasp its teeth?".

It is often assumed that a horse grinds down its own teeth and for a wild horse in its natural environment this is surely the case. With un-natural diets and restrictions we place on domestic feeding habits, many horses soon develop overgrowths and sharp uneven edges on teeth often causing injuries in the mouth. This leads to difficulty eating (dropping and wastage of hard feed), and through inadequate breakdown of food leading to colic, choke and weight loss.

Problems with acceptance of the bit may also arise, concerning the positioning of the head to one side when ridden, and headshaking.

Regular checks

Ideally dental checks should be carried out when we annually vaccinate your horse regardless of whether or not the recommended treatment is performed.

We offer a full dentistry service trained in basic and more advance techniques: from routine rasping to filling extensive caries that could prevent a tooth from fracturing.

We carry a full set of dental rasps fitted with modern tungsten carbide blades that get the job done more efficiently. We use modern motorized equipment as well as a wide range of more specialized tools.

Many horses object to having dental work carried out, especially if it is quite extensive.

As qualified veterinary surgeons we can provide sedation, local anesthesia or pain relieve as required. Most horses and ponies tolerate sedation very well with minimal side effects. Wolf teeth (small pointed teeth positioned in front of 1st molars) can be removed if they are found to interfere with "biting" of young horses.

Please contact us for any queries.

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Radiography of a horse's headLateral radiography of incisor and pre-molar dentitionRemoval of a damaged cheek tooth