Equine dentistry plays a vital role in your horse’s annual exam.
Some horses teeth grow slower than others, and your horse may not always require an annual float, but it is diffidently important to stay on top of it and make sure that when you do the annual vaccines that you have the teeth checked. This will also help from other problems forming due to dental issues.
What does it mean to have your horses teeth “floated”?
Floating means to contour or smooth your horse’s teeth. Horse’s teeth are designed to deal with hard grasses, and in today’s world we provide our horses with a much softer diet, causing sharp enamel points and protuberant teeth to develop. Horses that graze, daily, grind their teeth and usually, not always, require fewer amounts of times to have this procedure done.
Did you know that your horse’s teeth will continue to grow throughout their life?
The average horse has 36 – 40 permanent teeth. A horse could have up to 44 if he/she has their canine and wolf teeth present. A permanent tooth for a horse is 10 cm or four inches long and could continue to grow 2 – 3 mm per year.