Wolf Teeth

We started breaking our yearlings and our veterinarian says some of them need their wolf teeth taken out. What are wolf teeth, and why don’t all the horses have them? Also, why do they have to come out now rather than earlier or later? The majority of yearlings that are being broken will have wolf […]

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Understanding Your Horse’s Teeth

Horses have a unique dental structure. Their teeth are divided into two major sections: the incisors, which are the teeth seen in the front of the horse’s mouth, and the cheek teeth, made up of the premolars and molars. The molars and premolars are lined up tightly against each other, creating the appearance of one […]

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The Basics of Equine Dentistry, Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

In the past, many horse owners let non-professionals attend to their horse’s mouth. Now more people recognize the value of equine veterinary dentists for their horse’s overall well-being. Dr. Gordon Baker, a professor at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, is a pioneer in the field of equine dentistry and a leader in the […]

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Recognize Your Horse’s Dental Problems

Horses with dental problems may show obvious signs, such as pain or irritation, or they may show no noticeable signs at all. This is because some horses simply adapt to their discomfort. For this reason, periodic dental examinations are essential to your horse’s health. It is important to catch dental problems early. If a horse […]

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Meet the Veterinary Specialists: The Dentist

When you take your pet in for its annual wellness examination, one of the first things the veterinarian does is a dental check, since dental health can indicate and impact overall health. According to Dr. Sandra Manfra, chief of small animal surgery and dental specialist at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, […]

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How To Tell a Horse’s Age by his Teeth

Starting at 2 years of age the horse’s front teeth (incisors) are the way to tell age. There are three sets of incisors, central, intermediate and corners. Open the horse’s lips and look to see if all are baby teeth or adults. The central pair are adult (permanent at 2 – 2 1/2 years., the […]

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Equine Dental Care: What Every Horse Owner Should Know

Brief History Horses have been around for many, many years. Some experts have determined from fossil evidence that horses have existed for over 55 million years. These early horses were probably browsers that ate soft, leafy vegetation and groundcover in the prehistoric woodlands. The horse evolved over time, and the current form and type of […]

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Equine Dental Care Is More Than Just Floating

When you schedule an appointment for yourself at the dentist’s office, you usually mark off a whole afternoon on your calendar. You have X rays, get a thorough cleaning of each and every tooth, maybe get a tooth or two filled—and you almost always receive a lecture on how you need to floss more. Although […]

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Dental Examination

I have a Morgan mare who, I think, might have something wrong with her teeth. What should I expect from a dental examination for my horse?The veterinarian and the owner need to discuss what the owner wants and expects from a dental examination. Dental examinations can vary from a superficial examination to identify major abnormalities […]

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Float a Horse’s Teeth

What Does that Mean and Why is it Necessary? So what does it mean to float a horse’s teeth? I’m sure you’ve heard this a time or two (if you haven’t, sooner or later you will from another horse owner or from your vet), and if you’re like me, you imagined for the longest time […]

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