Comfort, Longevity, and Health

Routine dental care can dramatically improve the quality of life and, thereby, extend the life and career of your horses. This is especially important for youngsters and senior horses. We handle routine dental floats as well as problem issues, including tooth extraction. During spring vaccination we give your horse a thorough dental check and make recommendations. Here are a few things to look out for that may mean your horse is due for a dental check up.

  • Weight loss
  • Recurrent colic
  • Bad breath
  • Tossing head or head shy
  • Dropping feed (Quidding)
  • Self soaking hay
  • Resisting the bit
  • Behaviour problems 

All of our dental floats are performed with standing sedation to ensure safety and comfort for both owner and horse. We use Powerfloat technology to perform our floats which helps minimize time and discomfort in our patients. 

How frequently should my horse get a dental examination?

  • Horses greater than 1.5 and less than 5 years old: every 6 months. To check for deciduous (baby) teeth that are retained (retained caps) and to ensure proper alignment of the incoming permanent teeth. The first dental should take place at 2-3 years old, prior to starting any training, it is at this point that the wolf teeth will be removed, unless they have already been taken out during castration procedure.
  • Horses greater than 5 and less than 15: yearly. Unless there is a known problem such as a missing tooth, fractured jaw, or over/under bite.
  • Horses greater than 15yrs: every 6 months. Check for loose or rotten teeth, as well as spaces between teeth (diastema) that is packing feed material.

How often does my horse need their teeth done?

Most horses require dental work every 1-3 years depending on use of the horse (pasture pet versus performance horse), age, diet, and any previous abnormalities that may take several dental procedures to become completely corrected.