Teeth Floating

Equine Dentistry: Teeth Floating Explained by Julie Laueux-Parks, DVM

The question of why we worry about horse's teeth is answered by looking at their lifestyle. Horses will forage for 16-20 hours a day to get their daily nutrients and keep their GI tract functioning normally. The average horse needs about 20 pounds of hay each day and all that forage needs to be ground down before it reaches the stomach. This is the primary job of the teeth. In addition, we ask them to perform as athletes: to bend, collect, turn, spin, run and slide. All of these skills require horses to slide their jaws, put pressure on their cheeks, tongue and palate. Improperly aligned teeth...

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