Today our horses and ponies were due for a checkup form the dentist! Healthy teeth are key to a healthy horse and horses and ponies need regular checkups to ensure their teeth are wearing properly. Young horses need even more regular checks to ensure things are developing properly. You can find out more about Equine Dentistry from the British Association Of Equine Dental Technicians.

Fitting the dental speculum.

Fitting the dental speculum.

mudchute-stables-0694In addition to the checkup, the horses also get any sharp or uneven edges on their teeth ground down in a process called rasping. This will make them more comfortable and prevent irritation. There are hand-powered and electric tools which help grind down the teeth safely. As you might imagine, the tools in equine dentistry are quite a bit larger than those you’d see in a human dentist’s office! And to help the horse keep it’s mouth open and the equine dental technician safe, horses are fitted with a dental speculum which you can see in many of the photos below. Some horses are quite happy to have their teeth ground down and seem to enjoy the process, while others require a light sedative to relax.

A horse dental chart!

A horse dental chart!

As you might expect, it can be a slobbery job, but went very well today. Thanks Charlotte and everyone who helped out!


Many thanks to TCV for their recent work on our coppice. Our hazel coppice was overgrown and in need of attention. Coppicing is a traditional method of woodland management through which young stems are cut near the base stump (called a stool). This encourages further growth of more new stems, which are allowed to grow for several years until they can be harvested.

Our volunteer team from TCV did a fantastic job of bringing the stools under control. Now we just need to let them grow! You can watch the progress of the hazel copse by following our Nature Trail! Thanks for all your hard work and to Tom Maughan for sharing these photos from the day!

Interested in learning more about habitat management or get stuck in and lend a hand? We are always looking for hard-working volunteers. Find out more about how you can help on our volunteering pages and if you’d like to bring your team out for the day, why not join us for a corporate volunteering day.


Last week we hosted the Go Kart Grand Prix 2016 with London Play supported by the Henry Surtees Foundation and Canary Wharf Group. It was a great day out in the sunshine with teams from across London designing, building and racing their own Go Karts. Well done to our winning teams and all who took part and a huge thank you to all who helped make the even possible!

Thrills and spills! #gokart2016

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