The maintenance of a horses mouth for some reason is so easily overlooked. You are able to easily observe the overgrowth of their feet but what you can’t see going on inside your horses mouth can make or break the investment you have put into your horses performance and the relationship you have with your horse.
By the time a horse reaches the age of 5 they typically have a full set of adult teeth, 42 in males and 38 in mares, if they have not had their wolf teeth removed. The mature adult teeth are 3 1/2″ long and more than 3/4 of these teeth are buried into the skull. Every year the teeth are pushing out of the skull toward the opposing teeth, they literally grind their teeth off when they chew (masticate) their food. Unfortunately their opposing teeth do not meet up evenly and they overlap each other. Where the teeth overlap is where the points originate. These points are digging and rubbing into the soft tissue of the cheeks and gums, causing discomfort and pain, which is strongly affecting your horses discipline and delaying the progress of your horses training.
I fell in love with Equine Dentistry because I finally realized what a significant difference routine maintenance of a horses mouth can make.