British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA)
British Veterinary Dental Association (BVDA)
Member of British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT)
Why do horses need their teeth checking?
Horses teeth were designed to eat coarse abrasive grasses for 16+ hours a day.
As a result of domestication they are stabled, fed soft concentrate feed, farmed pasture and soft hay / haylage therefore their diet is far less abrasive than the grassland plains that their teeth were adapted for.
Consequently they are not wearing their teeth down, this results in sharp enamel points and overgrowths forming altering the natural wear pattern of their teeth.
Regular dental check ups are therefore extremely important to ensure that the horse mouth is pain free, the teeth are kept well balanced and any pathology is noticed as early as possible. Prevention is better than cure.
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