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Indications and Common Dental Problems

Horses and Ponies that display unwanted behaviour and/or personality may be suffering from one or several problems…

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  • Sharp enamel points forming on cheek teeth causing
    lacerations of cheeks and tongue.
  • Retained caps (baby teeth not shed)
  • Discomfort caused by bit contact with wolf teeth.
  • Long and/or canine teeth pinching tongue when bridled
    and/or interfering with insertion or removal of bit.
  • Hooks forming on the upper and lower cheek teeth.
  • Incorrect incisor angles.
  • Lost and/or broken teeth.
  • Abnormal or uneven bite planes.
  • Excessively worn teeth.
  • Infected teeth and/or gums.
  • Misalignment/poor opposition (can be due to
    congenital defects or injury)
  • Periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Loss of feed from mouth when eating.
  • Difficulty with chewing.
  • Excessive salivation.
  • Large or undigested feed particles (long stems
    or whole grain) in manure.
  • Head tilting or tossing, bit chewing,
    tongue lolling, fighting the bit.
  • Resisting bridle.
  • Poor performance – stiffness, bucking, rearing,
    hanging on the rein.
  • Foul odour from the mouth or nostrils, or traces
    of blood from the mouth.
  • Nasal discharge or swelling of the face,
    jaw or mouth tissues.
  • Sudden tiring during exercise.

Regular maintenance is essential for comfort and performance