How do I know if my horse needs its teeth checking?
Any horse that has not received a dental examination and treatment in the last year will definitely require a check up.
Horses are very good at hiding dental pain and as part of their survival instinct they adapt their way of eating to survive. Therefore just because there are no obviously signs it does not mean there are no problems.
Here is a list of a few signs and symptoms your horse may have a dental problem:
Long fibres found in droppings
Malodour from mouth or nose
Discharge from nose or eyes
Sores in and around the mouth
Quidding - dropping partly chewed food
Lumps on the lower jaw, enlargements elsewhere on the head, facial swelling