It is very important to be aware of possible dental problems in
horses. By the time you recognize any signs of dental pain, the
horse has probably been miserable for some time. Regular dental
exams are essential to the healthy, pain-free life we'd all like
our horses to have.
This article will list the most common symptoms of dental
problems along with what problems are possible and what might be
going on inside your horse's mouth.
Symptoms to look for:
Bolts his food or eats it unusually slow.
Dribbles his feed or drops feed half-chewed from his mouth.
Drools or salivates excessively.
Chooses to eat hay before grain.
Tilts or shakes his head while chewing his feed.
Tongue, lips or gums develop sores.
Manure contains un-digested grain kernels or pieces of hay.
Resistant to drink cold water.
Bad odor from his mouth or nostrils.
Pulls his head to one side or rears while riding.
Carries his tongue abnormally.
Sharp molar edges that rub your horse's tongue or insides of his
cheeks and create sores.
Trapped pieces of grain or hay that develop an abscess on the
inside of the horse's mouth.
Tooth misalignments can make the horse work harder to chew his
Cracked molars allowing decay, destructive tooth roots or
Wolf teeth may interfere with a bit in his mouth.
Deciduous teeth may not allow permanent teeth to erupt.
Inflammation of the gums may cause problems from periodontal
By: Cheryl McNamee-Sutor