Good dental care is essential for a horse's well being. Horses with poor teeth soon suffer from a host of other problems.
Use the following checklist to ensure good tooth care:
Get a vet or qualified equine dentist, who has been referred by a vet, to check your horse's teeth at least once a year
With horses aged 16 or over, increase the checks to twice a year
Horse’s teeth continue to grow throughout their lives so once a tooth is lost the corresponding tooth on the opposite jaw will continue to grow unchecked. In this situation, the remaining tooth must be rasped regularly
Horses’ teeth wear down with age. Wear must be kept even with regular rasping to ensure efficient feeding
Carry out regular checks for tartar, abscesses and gum disease
- A healthy diet for your horse will help keep his teeth strong.