C.J.Equine Dentistry
Why is equine dentistry important?
The main reason for completing an equine dental treatment on your horse is to make sure it is free from any pain during eating and riding, to help improve its overall welfare. Riding normally requires a bridle and a bit, as well as a constant, soft contact from the rider. If the horse is uncomfortable within its mouth, then it will not be able to perform to the best of its ability and the riding aspect itself could be causing further pain and discomfort to be inflicted upon the horse. In order to prevent this, regular annual or six monthly dental check-ups are required by a qualified equine dental technician.

When the horse is wearing a bridle, the cheek pieces and nose band will be applying pressure onto the horse’s cheeks. If the horse has sharp points on the cheek side of the upper teeth (which is a very common problem), the bridle will be pushing the horse’s cheeks against these sharp points and causing ulceration, lacerations and general discomfort within the mouth. This can result contact and riding problems which might be mistaken for the horse being naughty.

Riding and contact relies heavily on the position of the horses head carriage and it is important that the forward and backward movement of the lower jaw is not restricted by any dental pathology, as this will make it very difficult for the horse to work correctly. When the head is lowered, the lower jaw should move forwards, and when the head is raised the lower jaw should move back. If this is prevented through dental problems or from tight fitting bridles, this can create tension in the Temporomandibular joint and can create other problems elsewhere in the horse's body.

Horses are unable to tell their owners when there is a problem, and can often display no outward signs of there being any problems within their mouth. Prevention is better than a cure when it comes to equine dentistry, as when there are obvious signs displayed by your horse, this usually means that the problem is very severe and may not be able to be treated effectively. Regular dental treatments will prevent problems from occurring or keep on top of any already present, to keep your horse eating correctly.