Ideally, horses should have their mouth and teeth checked at least once a year by a vet, as dental issues in horses are fairly common.
If left untreated, these issues can cause nutritional problems, pain and discomfort.
Our vets will look for a variety of common problems, including:
- Cracked teeth.
- Mouth ulcers and sore areas of mucosa.
- Gum inflammation.
- Problems with tooth eruption.
- Sharp teeth, edges and hooks.
- Teeth misalignments, including parrot mouth or sow mouth.
- Wolf teeth interference.
Rasping is a dental procedure that involves using various sized rasps to remove sharp enamel points and hooks from cheek teeth, level tall or long teeth and round and smooth teeth to improve the fit of a bit.
We use a battery powered Terafloat to make corrections to the teeth quicker and easier.
A dental mouth gag may be used to keep your horse's mouth open throughout the procedure to prevent your horse biting the vet by accident.
If your horse is particularly lively or needs extensive dental work, sedation may be needed.