Good dental care is essential for a horse’s well being. Horses with poor teeth soon suffer from a host of other problems.
Use the following checklist to ensure good tooth care:
- Get a vet or qualified equine dentist, who has been referred by a vet, to check your horse’s teeth at least once a year
- With horses aged 16 or over, increase the checks to twice a year Horse’s teeth continue to grow throughout their lives so once a tooth is lost the corresponding tooth on the opposite jaw will continue to grow unchecked. In this situation, the remaining tooth must be rasped regularly
- Horses’ teeth wear down with age. Wear must be kept even with regular rasping to ensure efficient feeding
- Carry out regular checks for tartar, abscesses and gum disease
- A healthy diet for your horse will help keep his teeth strong.
Article replicated with kind permission from theWorld Horse Welfare website.