Inevitably, a horse’s teeth will wear down throughout his lifetime. Left unmanaged, this uneven wear can lead to many serious issues. Disproportionate pieces of feedstuff, for instance, will inhibit proper digestion and nutrient absorption leading to poor nutrition and potential episodes of colic. Additionally, sharp edges that form on the premolars and molars can cut the tongue or inside of the cheeks leading to ulcer formation and discomfort. This discomfort may result in dropping of feed, uneven tooth wear, bad behavior when ridden, and more.
Annual dental care promotes better health, performance, and can increase your horse’s lifespan by many years. Colorado Equine Clinic veterinarians use a motorized dental float to restore proper mouth function. Tooth extractions can be done if necessary.