Horse replaces deciduous (baby) teeth with permanent
teeth. Up to 20 more permanent teeth erupt.
I look for and remove caps/cap fragments from baby
teeth and remove wolf teeth if present and necessary
Generally adult horses need yearly dental care to
maintain a balanced mouth. Some horses may require
twice a year maintenance to monitor
and correct wear problems.
The older horse could be placed on a 6 or 12 month
recall depending on missing teeth.
Regular maintenance and balancing of the horses
dentition can add years to their life.
|Dropping of food while eating|
|Sipping of water intermittently between eating|
|hay or concentrate feed.|
|Rolls or balls of hay are dropped from the|
|Large particles of hay or whole grain in the|
|Poor head carriage|
|Not willing to move forward|
|Large forehead muscles|
|Locked in one direction|
|Recent studies have shown that up to 80% of all domestic horses have
significant dental abnormalities compared to their wild counterparts.
Through domestication, we have altered their grazing habits,diet and breeding.
Wild horses that have free access to pasture will graze for approximately 14-18
hours per day. While chewing, the apposing tooth wears away a small amount of
the tooth surface, maintaining a natural balance. The grasses found in a natural
habitat have a much higher silicate content, which is far more abrasive than the
farmed pasture of today. This lack of silicate in their diet and grazing time allows
unwanted pathology on the horses teeth to form faster then the rate of wear.
Cross breeding horses with different sized heads and jaws, has resulted in teeth is
not only very uncomfortable, but it impedes the normal chewing action and will
cause abnormal pressure and rotation of the TMJs.
Overgrown teeth can restrict the lower jaw from dropping forward making it very
difficult for any horse to work "on the bit". Asking the horse to do this with out the
free movement of the jaw can cause pain or inability to perform properly.
This is why when providing routine dental care my goal is to improving your horse's
life through Natural Balancing! I do this by addressing the incisors first, restoring
them to the proper length and angle which allows for the proper movement of the
jaw and of the TMJs. Doing this makes profound changes throughout the horse's
body, not just in the mouth.