Equine Dentistry


Balance and movement of the mouth and jaw determine 50% of the ability of the horse to perform. In addition to providing the horse with nutrition and normal digestion, the teeth of the mouth affect the muscles of the head and neck which then biomechanically effect the movement of the whole horse. A horse’s teeth are continually growing and affecting the joints of the jaw. If this information is faulty it will make proper movement difficult. Proper dentistry requires knowledge of tooth structure, tooth growth, jaw movement and how each of these interrelates with the rest of the horse’s body. Some horses will require the removal of large amounts of tooth material and maybe whole teeth while others will benefit greatly with minimal maintenance. Very few horses can go longer than 6 months before the teeth start to affect movement. You should find a qualified equine dentist that practices according to the laws of your state. Remember, teeth floating should not leave the molars flat and often will involve some work on the front teeth (incisors).