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    Does Your Horse Need Dental Care?




    Throughout his life, his horse will have to take care of his teeth. Most horses should have floating teeth at least once a year. Floating is the practice of filing sharp edges or hooks that may form on the edges of the teeth. The horses' teeth grow and change throughout their lives. This is the reason why you can distinguish the approximate age of a horse by his teeth. While chewing, the surface of the tooth wears slowly, but the new dental material is slowly developing to provide a new chewing surface. If the wear is uneven, the teeth can form sharp edges.


    Many people think that teeth grow throughout the life of the horse. This is not true The teeth themselves have a life span that can be shorter than the life of the horse. Many old horses have holes with fallen teeth, which makes chewing difficult.


    Just like you could have dental problems throughout your life, your horse could do it. Although you may say in words that you feel discomfort with your teeth, your horse will not be able to pinpoint exactly what is bothering you. Sometimes discomfort due to dental problems is confused with bad behavior. Shaking your head, not being able to stay or stay in the exercise, chewing a little or sucking on your tongue can be some of the signs of dental problems in your horse.




     

    • Dental Care for Young Horses


    When your horse is young, you will lose your milk or your baby teeth. This is rarely a problem, although you may be alarmed when you find a tooth on the ground or you see a hole in your horse's mouth at the point of a tooth. This loss of teeth is perfectly normal. Sometimes, a tooth does not come out as it should and this can cause painful problems that can lead to an infection. When a baby's tooth is sitting on a mature tooth, it's called cape. The posterior teeth are usually the ones involved and they are difficult to see.



      • Dental Care for Mature Horses

      As your horse matures, other problems may occur. More often, horses form sharp edges and hooks on their teeth. Domestic horses do not chew as much fiber as wild horses. During grazing, a wild horse can ingest a little soil while chewing and the grass is full of silica, which wears away the surface of the tooth. Horses whose diet includes a much milder material, such as alfalfa and cereals, cannot wear out their teeth so quickly. Sharp edges can cut the horse's cheek or tongue and cause painful injuries. This may result in one of the indications I mentioned earlier.


      • Senior Horse Dental Care


      Older horses may start losing their teeth, which can make it very difficult for the horse to chew well. The horse will also be difficult to maintain in good condition. Signs that your older horse may have dental problems include those listed above: adding or quidding, poor condition, spilling of grain and drooling are the most likely signs of tooth loss. An older horse that for a short time drooled pathetically. The beet pulp and the hay purées kept it in good condition. This is the time to feed special foods for the elderly, easy to chew and to ensure that the horse gets his share of grass time in the hay loader.






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