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Dentals

Horses have 36-40 teeth which are constantly erupting. The top jaw is wider than the bottom jaw, and the cheek teeth in the back of the mouth are used in a circular motion to grind feed. Together this can result in sharp points on the outside of the upper teeth and the inside of the lower teeth, which cause pain to the horse and ultimately problems with performance and digesting of feed.

Signs of dental disease:

  • head shaking
  • rearing or bucking
  • resistance to turning in one direction
  • dropping feed
  • colic

Regular dental evaluation and treatment is crucial for every horse from top level performance horses to paddock ponies. Veterinarians at Warwick Vet Clinic will sedate your horse, examine your horses mouth thoroughly, insert with a mouth gag and light source and use a veterinary only powerfloat (high speed dental drill) to correct your horses’ mouth.

Tips to check if your horse needs its teeth floated.

  • With the horse’s mouth closed, lift the lips and examine it’s bite
  • Line up the gap between the first pair of top teeth with the gap between the first pair of bottom teeth
  • Holding the top jaw still, slide the lower jaw as far to the left as the horse will allow, without having the opposing teeth separate from each other
  • Now slide the lower jaw as far to the right as the horse will allow, without having the opposing teeth separate from each other
  • The gap between the first pair of teeth on the lower jaw, should be able to move the distance of one tooth away from its starting point
  • If you can not slide the jaw a distance of one tooth left and right (whilst the teeth are still touching each other), then your horse most probably has sharp enamel points and needs a dental with the Powerfloat!