Dental care is important for a horse’s well being. Regular examinations and maintenance on your horse’s mouth will help to minimize discomfort and provides many benefits such as maintaining proper body weight, and allowing for more comfort while being ridden.
Floating your horse’s teeth means to rasp or file the teeth. This removes sharp enamel points that build up and cause discomfort to the cheeks, gums and tongue. These sharp points occur in most horses over time due to the grinding and normal wear on the horse’s cheek teeth (molars).
Signs of dental issues in horses include:
- dropping feed from their mouth while eating
- weight loss
- foul odour
- nasal discharge
- facial swelling
- tossing their head
- fighting the bit