Dental care is important for a horse’s well being. Regular examinations and maintenance on your horse’s mouth will help to minimize discomfort and provides many benefits such as maintaining proper body weight, and allowing for more comfort while being ridden.
Floating your horse’s teeth means to rasp or file the teeth. This removes sharp enamel points that build up and cause discomfort to the cheeks, gums and tongue. These sharp points occur in most horses over time due to the grinding and normal wear on the horse’s cheek teeth (molars). In addition to reducing sharp enamel points, we will provide corrective floating on abnormal mouths with conditions such as parrot mouths, waves and sheared incisors. Other dentistry services offered include: dental radiographs to identify diseased teeth and other pathology within the skull, extractions of loose/diseased teeth, senior and miniature horse dentistry, and performance horse dentistry.
Signs of dental issues in horses include:
- Dropping feed from their mouth while eating
- Weight loss
- Foul odour
- Nasal discharge
- Facial swelling
- Tossing their head
- Fighting the bit