Battlefords Animal Hospital

#7A 11204 Railway Ave. East
North Battleford, SK S9A 2R7


Routine Dentistry

Horses should have regular preventive dental maintenance every six months to one year- depending on the horse. Unlike people, horses' teeth have an eruption rate of two - three mm per year. The teeth should wear in correspondence to yearly eruption rate. Malocclusions, or improper position of the teeth, can lead to many health issues and behavioural problems.

Equine Dental Floating from WDDC on Vimeo.

Identifying dental problems as early as possible is important!

There are several factors that come into play at a young age that might increase treatment needed, or make a remedy even possible:

  • Loss of food while eating
  • Eats hay before his grain
  • Grain in water bucket
  • Difficulty chewing or excess salivation
  • Loss of body condition
  • Large undigested food particles in manure larger than one quarter inch
  • Head tilting or tossing
  • Bit chewing
  • Tongue lolling
  • Tries to rear while bridling
  • Fighting the bit or resisting the bridal
  • Bucking or failing to stop or turn
  • Foul odour from the mouth or nostrils
  • Traces of blood in the mouth
  • Nasal discharge or swelling of the face.

Some horses may not show noticeable signs, because they just simply adapt to their discomfort.

Equine Teeth