Your horse’s good health depends on good teeth. Teeth are an important part of the digestive tract and can be the cause of many severe disorders such as emaciation, colic and choke. Furthermore tooth problems can lead to bad performance and resisting of the bit. Therefore it is of major importance not just to check the teeth for sharp edges but to have a proper examination of the whole oral cavity.
Older horses frequently develop so called wave shaped teeth with long and sharp edges at the lower jaw’s last and upper jaw’s first teeth. They have a negative impact on the chewing mechanism and the jaw joint and can even lead to such severe disturbances as the head shaking syndrome.
To examine the oral cavity properly it is vital to sedate your horse. This way you can place the head on a head rest and properly examine front and back teeth, gingiva and tongue. Furthermore you can treat your horse much more precisely and reach the back of the mouth where they otherwise resist the treatment.
We use a Powerfloat which is a veterinary only 18V battery operated dental tool which is ideal to correct irregularities of the front and back teeth.
We recommend that horses under the age of 6 have a veterinary dental check every 6 months. The older horse should also have his teeth checked by a vet annually, or when you notice him dropping food, arguing with the bit, losing weight or a general loss of performance. We are able to perform a comprehensive, range of preventative and surgical dental procedures. This important work is vital to your horse’s well being and performance.
So, let us also examine your horse’s mouth properly to see if everything is prepared to have a happy and successful horse.