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