Friday, 13 January 2017 19:20

DOES YOUR HORSE NEED A DENTAL EXAMINATION?

Is your horse quidding ie dropping feed? Chewing food in an unusual way? Or loosing weight?
 
Then it could be time for him to see a dentist.
Horse teeth
Know the signs 
Here are some of the signs that your horse needs a dental examination:
 
- If your horse starts to shake or flick his head
- If he tries to evade or resist the action of the bit
- He may be difficult to bridle or be head shy
- There are facial swellings
- His breath is smelly
- He has discharge coming from one nostril
- There are long fibres in his droppings
- He quids or drops food
- He dunks his hay
- He has lost weight
- The way in which he chews his food is abnormal
- It is over a year since he last had a dental check up.
 
If you buy a new horse and you are unsure when he last saw an equine dental technician, it's sensible to get him booked in sooner rather than later. The last thing you want with a new animal is to start off on the wrong foot, so to speak. Pain in the mouth can result in so many issues for your horse - and although horses have been domesticated for centuries their teeth are basically designed to chew tough, stalky grasses yet we provide them with soft grasses and feed.
As a result their teeth do not wear as they would in the wild. It is therefore essential that we provide them with the necessary care from a dental technician.
 
 
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