Equine Dentistry

Equine Dentistry plays a vital role in the overall heath and quality of life of the horse. Attending to your horses teeth should be part of their routine preventative health care and the first dental examination should be performed at birth.

Further Advice

Common Questions

When should the first dental examination be perfomed?

The first dental examination should be performed at birth, alongside the post-foaling check-up. This will pick up, at an early stage, abnormalities such as parrot mouth, wry nose and cleft palate. Any attempted treatments for these conditions will need to be started early, so prompt recognition of these abnormalities is required.

Young horses have softer teeth and, as a result, form sharp edges more quickly which can result in trauma to cheeks and tongue. It may be necessary for some horses to have routine dental examinations (and rasping of the teeth if necessary) from 1 year of age. Otherwise dental examination and rasping should be started prior to bitting the horse for the first time.