No other part of routine health care has as much impact on your horse’s performance and well being as his dental care. Domesticated horses live in conditions not wholly suited to their evolution, and are asked to do things, like wear a bridle or halter, that no self-respecting wild horse would ever do. Beyond that, we ask the horse to run, turn on a dime, or collect themselves. All of this is not possible without paying special attention to the teeth. Pathologies such as caudal ramps, rostral hooks, waves, steps, transverse ridges, patent infundibula, and enamel points can interfere with your horse’s ability to perform.
Our dental care involves a full exam and correction of these problems, as well as a plan for keeping his mouth healthy. We often sedate horses for this procedure, in particular to protect the sensitive TMJ joint that is so critical to your horse’s comfort. Dentistry in the horse has a biomechanical impact and is unlike a cleaning you receive from a hygienist. It requires years of training and a deep understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the entire horse. It is rewarding to see the changes in a horse’s life that good dental care can bring about.