My mom had the Equine Dentist out for me this week. I don’t mind the dentist much, to be honest. They give me a quick poke and then I’m drowsy/drunk feeling for an hour or two. I don’t remember much of what happens, being out of it and all. But I do remember mom taking pictures and I couldn’t stop her. How embarrassing. I got a clean bill of health and am hopefully good to go for another year!
Horses need their teeth floated regularly because the teeth never stop growing in a horse. Horses usually grind the teeth down by chewing forage, but it isn’t always even and horses can start dropping their food and getting skinny because of it. Also, the sides sometime get sharp points which can cause oral ulcers or discomfort especially when bridled. This is where the equine dentist comes in. They file down the teeth to ensure they are contacting evenly, as well as get rid of those sharp points. Typically adult horses need their teeth checked once per year. Young horses and seniors are every 6 months because they change drastically much faster. This care regimen doesn’t include new teeth coming in, wolf teeth needing to be removed and losing teeth in young horses and seniors. Always consult with your vet about your individual horses needs, but above is a good baseline to start.
Thanks to Iron Horse Equine in Elizabeth, Colorado for doing such a great job on Fritz!