Articles ­ Equine Veterinary and Dental Services

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Equine Dentistry - Some Basic Anatomy and Physiology

Horse's teeth are known as hypsodont teeth - which means they have long crowns. These long crowns continue to be worn down, with the horse chewing approximately 60 chews per minute, for 14-20 hours per...

Ear Mites

One of the most poorly understood and managed conditions in horses is itching of the head, ears and mane.  You will hear a zillion so-called cures for these conditions, which means that no one treatment fixes all itches and it continues to be an extremely frustrating problem for horse owners.

Presentation by Ben Sykes BSc BVMS MS Diplomate ACVIM MBA

It is not uncommon in practice to be asked to examine a horse for a lump on the head of a horse. The inability of the horse to inform us how and when the lump started can make diagnosing the cause of these a challenge at times.

We are now being called to examine more geriatric mouths as the education of owners is slowly dismissing the myth that old horses "wouldnt have many teeth anyway and so do not need dentistry". Old horses need dental checks as much or more than any other age of horse.

In this article, I will attempt to explain a condition which many horse owners have seen, but few understand it well. This is due mainly to the fact that there remain a lot of questions regarding the condition. These questions require sound scientific studies in order to be properly and accurately answered.

Performance Dentistry is specifically. "Examination of the function, balance and symmetry of incisors and molar teeth, and treatment as necessary."

Wolf teeth are technically known as the first premolar teeth in horses. They usually erupt into the mouth at 5-12 months of age, but do NOT continue to grow or erupt into the mouth throughout life as do other cheek teeth. It has been estimated that approximately 70% of horses will develop wolf teeth.

As with much of the horse's body, the most important age for its mouth is the teething period, where it changes from primary (deciduous or baby) dentition to secondary (permanent or adult) teeth.